September 2017 Newsletter

School Holiday Lunch Scheme

potatoThe school holiday lunch scheme supported over 100 children this year. We made the food available at different locations, to make it easier for families to access the service and this has been well received. We also delivered to those families unable to get to our locations. All of the feedback has been very positive. In addition, thanks to the generous support of the University of Winchester we supplied an activities booklet, which also had some recipes for families to make together. Once again we were delighted to be able to offer support to St Mary’s Church, Kings Worthy. They offered various sessions of fun activities for families, with a meal at the end. This was very successful. Our stocks are now getting very low on a number of items. Please see the section “items in short supply”

2017 Harvest Appeal

HarvestWe have already received offers from local schools and churches for our 2017 Harvest Appeal. If you can also support us please do get in touch. Our website
has a list of our most urgent needs. If you will be holding a Harvest Festival service or assembly in support of our work and need us to collect your donation please e-mail
Please have items bagged or boxed ready for collection. If you are able to deliver to us then it helps if donations can be delivered to Milland Road during our opening hours. Please let us know if this is a problem.

Items in short supply

Please check that your donations do not contain any

  • Tinned spaghetti/macaroni
  • Tinned fruit
  • Squash
  • Long life fruit juices and milk
  • Toilet roll
  • Tinned custard
  • Pasta and curry sauces
  • Coffee
  • Marmite
  • Shampoo, shower gel, deodorant
  • Corned beef
  • Tinned ham
  • Tinned meat such as minced beef and onions or chicken in white sauce
  • Meat Pies (no steak and ale or other alcohol)
  • Porridge
  • Tinned tomatoes
  • Dry rice

Online referral Service

cakeOur online referral service is 1 year old!

This service has been a great success. We still have agents who need to sign up to it, but we have been able to welcome many new agencies and agents who have not previously referred clients. If you have not signed up yet please contact Janet Crick, our Operations Manager, on 01962 855774 or e-mail her at the address below.

 Volunteer Event. Save the date!

WSkittlesThursday 5th October, 7 p.m. at The Phoenix, Twyford. Food, fun and maybe a few surprises! We would love to see as many volunteers as possible at this event


£ Fundraising

Your regular financial donations will help us to continue helping the many people we have supported over the years. We support 2500-3000 people every year, including hundreds of children. Please help us to carry on this vital work. You can donate via our my donate page here. Thank you for your support

Items in short supply

We are always grateful for every donation we receive. If you can help us out with any of the following items it would allow us to give a varied supply of food.

  • Squash
  • Fruit juice (UHT)
  • Corned Beef
  • Sauces for rice dishes
  • Tinned Ham
  • Tinned meat pies (no alcohol)
  • Tinned fish (all varieties)
  • Custard
  • Tinned meat (e.g. stewing steak or chicken in white sauce. alcohol free)
  • Tinned Fruit
  • Coffee (small jars)
  • UHT milk (full fat and semi-skimmed)
  • Sauces for pasta dishes
  • Marmite
  • Jam
  • Chocolate spread
  • Drinking chocolate
  • Biscuits
  • Deodorant
  • Toilet roll
  • Shampoo

We are most grateful for all your support. Thank you.


Opening times

2017 Christmas opening times

Tuesday 19th December Open 10:00-15:00
Thursday 21st December CLOSED
Friday 22nd December Open 10:00-12:30
Tuesday 26th December CLOSED
Thursday 28th December CLOSED
Friday 29th December Open 10:00-12:30

Clothing Update

Owing to pressures on space at our premises in Milland Road, we regret that we can no longer accept donations of children’s clothing, bedding or other household items. We will continue to offer a small range of men’s and women’s clothing and would discourage large quantities of unsorted items in black bin liners. We thank you for your understanding.

Donate via Easyfundraising

In addition to MyDonate, we are also able to accept financial support via  – search for Winchester Basics Bank.