Your food bank needs you!

Support your local community by holding a Food Bank Friday collection! 

As food banks face an ever-increasing demand for their services, we need your help to make sure they can continue to serve people in crisis. Without the boxes, tins, and packets of items donated by the public, food banks simply wouldn’t be able to run – and by hosting a Food Bank Friday collection, you can make a difference.  

A Food Bank Friday collection is a collection you hold for your local food bank on a Friday! You could do it over a few weeks (for Harvest or Christmas, for example) or on an ongoing basis. You’ll collect long-life food donations from your community every week and then donate them to your local food bank, who will then distribute your donations to people in crisis in your community.

Food banks rely on donations from their community to support people in crisis. Without the generosity of supporters like you, they simply wouldn’t be able to run! This year, it’s more important than ever that food banks have the supplies they need as the pandemic has contributed to a rise in need over the past few months and Christmas is always a very busy time for the network.

Download our Food Bank Friday guide and get started! Host a collection and let people know how, when and why they should donate. All food donations you collect will be given directly to people in crisis in your community who have been referred to your local food bank, so you’ll be making a real difference.

It’s a good idea to look at your local food bank’s website or social media channels ahead of your collection to find out what supplies they’re most in need of at the moment. You can then use our editable poster to let your community know what to donate!

You can also use our poster with a standard packing list of items included in food bank parcels, like UHT milk, tinned vegetables, cereals, and pasta sauces.

We’ve got lots of resources available to help you let people know about your Food Bank Friday collection. You can put up posters, post invites through people’s doors, or tell people about it on Facebook or Twitter. 

  • Food Bank Friday invite here
  • Food Bank Friday collection poster here
  • Food Bank Friday collection poster – editable here
  • Food Bank Friday social media graphic here
  • Food Bank Friday thank you post here

Food banks are really busy at the moment and their opening times may have changed in the past few months. Please check your local food bank’s Facebook page or website for donation times and locations, and get in touch with them if you’re unsure. You can find your nearest food bank using our map here:

You can download our guide to hosting a Food Bank Friday collection online here to find more information. If you have any further questions, please get in touch us via [email protected].