Food banks near me: The items you can donate to support your local food bank as cost-of-living crisis deepens

With the cost-of-living crisis continuing to impact household bills, we take a look at the items you can donate to a food bank or collection point near you.

Food banks across the North East are seeing demand increase – and more families may need additional support during the half-term break in October.

Parcels packed with essentials are a lifeline for those who can no longer afford their shopping due to rising prices.

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If you are able to contribute, a donation of an essential item or two can go a long way to supporting those in need.

Can you help with a donation to your local foodbank? Picture: Peter Summers/Getty Images.
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We take a look at some of the products which could make up a typical food parcel, as well as non-food products you can donate.

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This list gives general advice, based on items which typically form a food parcel. Individual food banks may have different needs – please contact your local group for details.

Food items to donate

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Families may be in further need during the October half-term break. Picture: Tolga Akmen/AFP via Getty Images.

Biscuits and cereal bars

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Canned soup

Cereal

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Food and snacks for babies

Fruit juice

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Dried foods including lentils, pasta, pulses and rice

Instant coffee

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Long-life milk

Tea bags

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Tinned food such as fruit, fish or meat and vegetables

Non-food items to donate

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Baby wipes and nappies

Bars of soap

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Deodorant

Hand wipes and sanitiser

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Kitchen roll and toilet paper

Laundry powder or wash

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Sanitary towels or tampons

Shampoo

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Shower gel and liquid soap

Toothbrushes and toothpaste

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Washing-up liquid

There are dozens of food banks working across the North East, some of which are independently operated by community groups, churches or other local organisations.

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Others are supported by charity The Trussell Trust. Contact your local food bank directly for donation information.