Alongside the standard food parcel, food banks try to provide other essential non-food items to adults and children in crisis.
The list sets out what food banks generally need the most, but please always check with your local food bank before donating to see what supplies they are currently most in need of.
Essential non-food items
- Toiletries – deodorant, toilet paper, shower gel, shaving gel, shampoo, soap, toothbrushes, tooth paste, hand wipes
- Household items – laundry liquid detergent, laundry powder, washing up liquid
- Feminine products – sanitary towels and tampons
- Baby supplies – nappies, baby wipes and baby food
Can I donate pet food?
Some food banks can take donations of, and provide, a small amount of pet food.