Open: Weekday mornings 10am - 2
Please make referrals to 07718 424 618 between 10 and 12.30
You can hear Ruth Scott speaking about Beacon Food Bank on the BBC Radio Solent here.
Thank you to our partner, Northney Farm , who is supplying us with fresh milk each week at cost and Heidi's bakery, who is helping us with bread.
If you would like help us financially see below.
Feedback Request: If you have received a hamper from us in the past, we would love to hear from you as to what it meant at the time and hopefully how you are now back on your feet. Why not drop in and tell us or send us an email or a note?
Not sure how it happened but we appear to be swamped with Fray Bentos pies. Maybe they have been on offer. Could be please ask for no more Fray Bentos pies but perhaps replace them with other tinned dinners? Here are are a few suggestions - chicken in white wine, stewed steak, meatballs, spaghetti bolognese, Irish stew, sweet & sour chicken, chicken curry, vegetable curry, chicken tikka masala etc. All supermarkets do a variety of own brand and branded products. It's good to have variety. Thank you.
People have asked us about fresh food. We give out mainly tinned food for obvious storage reasons but if fresh food is brought to us at the Beacon early in the week, we will give it out. We can't accept donations of fresh food at our supermarket donation points as they are only emptied once a week and most fresh food needs to come straight to a fridge. We also need to manage the amount of fresh food we handle so as little as possible is wasted as demand is unpredictable And we only have one fridge. One supermarket does donate fresh fruit and vegetables that are near end of date and we pick that up once a week but managing that is sometimes a challenge.
We don't need UHT milk as we give out fresh milk instead. We also get given lots of oddments, strange and unlikely food items that are hard to give away or are too heavy to carry, e.g. tripe, huge jars of pickles/Sauerkraut, bags of flour etc. The only oddments we can easily give out are ketchup, mayo, salt & pepper, stock cubes etc standard stock cupboard stuff.
You need to be referred by someone who knows your circumstances e.g. a social worker, doctor, nurse or a charitable agency that is working with you on an ongoing basis. Food hampers are only available for collection from The Beacon by appointment. Click on the links below for more information.
Just bring your donations along to one of our Donation Points:
We give out hampers all year round as referrals come in but our greatest need of support is at Christmas. In 2012 we gave out 80+ hampers at Christmas. These are special hampers containing food for a full Christmas dinner and some goodies as well as some normal household items.
We also welcome donations of fresh fruit & vegetables so if you are a keen gardener or allotment owner please consider us when you have an excess of produce. Please bring these direct to the Beacon when we are open and do not put them in a supermarket donation point as these are only emptied twice a week so they would not stay fresh. This also applies to any dairy products.
Did you know? We also welcome donations of toiletries and washing liquid/powder. Although we concentrate on food, these items are also needed and much appreciated if we have them.
Account Name: Beacon Food Bank Sort Code: 08-92-99 Account Number: 65635627
All our activities are based on Christian principles and an integral part of what we do as a church in the community.
We welcome the involvement of other Christian churches and members of the public. Help is provided free to those in genuine need without regard to religion, race, class, sex or any other perceived distinction.
Beacon Food Bank is a charitable project run by Portsdown Community Church
Charity No. 290803