About us

Basics Bank Food ItemsThe purpose of Winchester Basics Bank is to act as an emergency resource for people who are struggling to cope, perhaps because of an unexpected bill, a delayed benefit payment, homelessness, or some other major household crisis.

The Basics Bank also has the wider aim of promoting improved public health in our local area by providing decent nutrition to those who are lacking it. We do this through sharing and redistributing resources and in this way we also seek to create a sense of community solidarity in Winchester.

Local churches and 50 other community groups, such as the Salvation Army and social services, issue vouchers to people who they feel are in urgent need. These vouchers can then be taken to the Basics Bank and exchanged for food or clothing.

All Basics Bank items are donated. Much of the food is received at Harvest Festival time in the autumn from churches and schools. An ongoing source of food also comes from our trolley in Sainsbury’s Badger Farm supermarket, which is emptied twice weekly. Other supplies come from generous individuals, businesses and charitable groups.

How we work

Winchester Basics Bank is a Christian project supported by local churches, caring organisations and Winchester City Council. We provide individuals and families in need with:

Emergency food parcels of enough tinned and dried food for 2-5 days

Good quality second hand clothes (men’s and women’s)

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Our history

Winchester Basics Bank, which opened on Tuesday 27th January 2004, was modelled on an extremely successful predecessor in Southampton.

Recognising the need for such a facility in Winchester, a steering group was formed from people who had experience of working with the needy in the city. These included representatives from Winchester Churches Night Shelter, Winchester Churches Housing Group ‘Keystone’, Winchester City Council and other church members.

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