What can I give?

“The regular donations of food bags do make a real difference in the lives of the children and families we work with.”
Families First

The shopping list includes non-perishable food, household items and toiletries, and we hope you will get into the habit of adding one item to your shopping list each week. With food items please choose things that are easy and quick to cook with the minimum of preparation.

Feedback from our partner agencies has identified that certain items are not very popular: Tinned tomatoes, tinned kidney beans, chickpeas, lentils.  Large ‘extra value’ packs are tricky for us to pack and distribute.  Please buy two smaller ones instead.

Recommended items:


  • UHT milk
  • Small jars of coffee
  • Small packs of teabags
  • Cereal bars
  • Breakfast cereal (small boxes)
  • Jam or marmalade (sorry not home-made)
  • Long-life fruit juice


  • Baked beans/ spaghetti
  • Soups
  • Jams/spreads
  • Biscuits/snack bars
  • Crisps
  • Small long life drinks


  • Tinned meat/ fish
  • Tinned meat in sauce/gravy
  • Tinned vegetables
  • Tinned potatoes or Instant mash
  • Pasta and Sauces
  • Boil-in-bag or microwave rice
  • Tinned/ long life puddings
  • Tinned fruit

  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Shower gel
  • Shampoo
  • Soap
  • Sanitary towels/tampons
  • Deodorant
  • Baby wipes
  • Baby shampoo
  • Baby bath


  • Soap powder
  • Toilet roll (small packs)
  • Washing up liquid
  • Cleaning products
  • Cloths