What foodbanks need more of…

Baked beans at Waterloo food bank

Beans, beans, beans. Baked beans are the most popular donation across the UK

After our recent interview with Peckham foodbank who told us they were always low on tinned puddings, we wanted to find out what items other foodbanks across the UK don’t get enough of. We got in touch with the foodbank twitter community to find out.

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Most foodbanks we’ve talked to say they always have a plentiful supply of baked beans! It’s a favourite item among donations.
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Foodbank volunteers will often give shoppers a list of extra food items they can buy while at the supermarket. But while pasta and baked beans are popular donations, milk, tinned meat and puddings are often forgotten about.

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Foodbanks also give out non-food items, which are still essential donations, such as toothpaste, shampoo, washing up powder, and loo roll.

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Baby food is another item that most people wouldn’t think of straight away when donating to a foodbank.

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Supermarket collections are always hugely helpful for foodbanks and many would struggle to survive without them.

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But without a doubt baked beans are the most popular donation across the country!

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So after our Twitter survey, it’s clear that the items most foodbanks are always low on are: milk, juice, tinned meat, tinned puddings, and loo roll.

Items foodbanks never seem to be low on: pasta and baked beans!

More foodbanks are getting back to us all the time and we will be posting their responses on our storify page here. One’s thing for sure though, it looks like no foodbank is going to say they need more baked beans any time soon!


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