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, of things like loo-roll and dry pasta, are tricky for us to pack and distribute.  Buying two smaller packs instead enables us to help more families and individuals.

Recommended items:


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


  • Soups
  • Noodles
  • Tinned Meat/Fish
  • Tinned Vegetables
  • Instant Mash/Tinned Potatoes
  • Pasta and Pasta Sauce
  • Tinned Curry
  • Boil-in-the-bag or Mircowave Rice


  • Biscuits/Crisps
  • Tinned Puddings
  • Tinned Fruit

  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrushes
  • Shower gel
  • Shampoo
  • Soap
  • Sanitary towels
  • tampons
  • Deodorant


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


  • Baby wipes
  • Nappies
  • Baby shampoo
  • Baby bath