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.

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

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


Food and snacks for babies

Fruit juice

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Dried foods including lentils, pasta, pulses and rice

Instant coffee

Long-life milk

Tea bags

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Tinned food such as fruit, fish or meat and vegetables

Non-food items to donate

Baby wipes and nappies

Bars of soap

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Hand wipes and sanitiser

Kitchen roll and toilet paper

Laundry powder or wash

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Sanitary towels or tampons


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.

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