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Donate food

Our foodbank relies on your goodwill and support.

Over 90% of the food distributed by foodbanks in The Trussell Trust network is donated by the public – that’s why your food donations are absolutely vital to our ability to give everyone referred to us a balanced and nutritious three-day supply of food.

We only distribute long-life tins, jars and packets of food that don’t need a fridge.

The food we give out is designed to be nutritious and acceptable to most people.  Unfortunately, during the current emergency, and we cannot chat with people and ask them what they would choose or have any ‘help yourself’ boxes that they can rummage through.   So please stick to the core items if you are buying to donate, as the more ‘exotic’ things might be given to people who can’t make use of them.

Whilst we welcome donations of ANY unopened, in-date food that doesn’t need a fridge, ideally, if you are shopping-to-donate, then stick to the basics that are on our food parcel packing lists please.  You can see the list here:  

And look at the list below for what we need now (and what we have plenty of!).  That means we can save money on shopping to fill gaps and on rent to store gluts of some items.

We also offer our clients treats and ‘extras’ such as biscuits and snacks and seasonal goodies, toiletries, cleaning materials, nappies and feminine hygiene products if we have them in stock.

We complement the work of the local community groceries such as The Bread and Butter Thing and community cafes such as The Hive at St Paul’s in Withington (when they are able to open).

Look below on this page to see the food items that we need right now.  Or check our Twitter posts!

If you can organise a mini food collection at your workplace or organisation for us, please liaise with us about where and when to deliver it or we can arrange to come and collect it.  Contact [email protected].

If you are happy to drop off food donations, please see the table below for our food collection point locations:

Location of food donation points     Opening hours Comments
Union Chapel, 2b Wellington Road, Fallowfield, M14 6EQ

Tuesdays 12-2pm

Fridays 12 – 2pm

during Foodbank Hours
Sainsbury’s Local, 496 Wilmslow Rd, M20 3BG 07.00-23.00 7 days a week
Sainsbury’s, 347 Wilmslow Rd, Manchester M14 6SS Mon – Fri 08.00 – 23.00

Sat 08.00-22.00,

Sun 11.00-17.00

Co-op, 35 Copson Street, Withington, M20 3HE Mon – Sat 07.00 – 23.00 Sundays 10.00 – 16.00
Lidl, 3-4 Wilmslow Park, Wilmslow Rd, Rusholme, M13 9PD Mon-Sat 08.00-20.00 Sundays 11.00-17.00
Local churches When they reopen for worship

We always welcome donations and promise to use them to provide help to people in crisis. Occasionally we share or swap any gluts of food with other nearby foodbanks or community restaurants or street kitchens to support their work, particularly if they experience shortages. This ensures your donations go to help people wherever in Manchester they are.

Please contact us if you have any questions about donating food.

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