Ways You Can Help Out Without Giving Money

2nd March 2024

While cash donations are incredibly helpful and necessary to help us keep running, there are lots of other ways to support us too. In fact, some of the most significant contributions can come in non-monetary forms. Here are a few ways you can support our work without digging into your wallet.

1. Volunteer Your Time

One of the most valuable resources we have is time. We always need volunteers to help us with tasks such as sorting donated food, collecting donations from supermarkets, and admin tasks. Even if you can spare just 2 hours a month, your help can make a world of difference.

2. Run a Food Collection

Organizing a food drive in your community, school, or workplace is a fantastic way to help our work. Not only does this gather essential supplies for families in need, but it also raises awareness about food insecurity in the area. Contact us in advance and we can let you know what our most needed items are.

3. Lend Your Expertise

If you have a particular skill or profession that could help us, consider volunteering your expertise with us. Whether it’s event planning, website management, social media marketing, or accounting, we always welcome specialized support to help us get better at what we do.

4. Educate and Advocate

Awareness is vital. By simply talking about food insecurity and the role of food banks, you can inform others and encourage them to get involved. Advocating for local goverment support to address the root causes of hunger or supporting programs that help low-income families can create a more considerable impact. Attend town hall meetings, write to your local MP or MS, or start conversations with your friends and family.

5. Partnerships and Collaborations

If you own a business or are in a decision-making role in your workplace, consider forming a partnership with us! Businesses can offer in-kind donations, sponsor events, provide venues for fundraisers, or even institute a policy where employees are given a day off to volunteer at the food bank.

6. Donate Unused Items

Beyond food, there are always non-food items that we need. Think of household supplies, personal hygiene products, school supplies, and even gardening tools or seeds. Before you discard unused items, consider if they could be of value to someone accessing food bank services. Remember that items should be unused and unopened – a rule of thumb is to only ever donate something you’d be happy to recieve from a stranger yourself.

7. Grow a Row

If you have a garden, consider dedicating a row of produce to us. Fresh fruits and vegetables are always in demand and can hugely improve the nutritional value of our food parcels. Gardening is also a relaxing activity, and knowing that your produce will support a family in need can make it even more rewarding.


So there you have it. Whether you’ve got time, skills, or just a passion for helping out, there’s a way for you to make a big difference at our food bank. Every little bit counts, and together, we can make sure no one in our community goes hungry.

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