You can give to the Basics Bank in several ways:


We are always in need of tinned and dried food. Items can be brought into the Basics Bank during opening hours (Tuesday and Fridays, 10am-3pm) or put into our trolleys at either of  the Sainsbury’s stores at Badger Farm and Middlebrook Street, the Co-op in Alresford or Waitrose in Stockbridge Road, Weeke.  They may also be handed in at our local MP Steve Brine’s office close to Pickard’s and Leaf and Bean in Stockbridge Road.

We have plenty of the following and do not need any more at the moment, thank you:

  • Baked beans
  • Dried pasta
  • Cereal
  • Tea
  • Other beans, such as haricot
  • Soup
  • Tinned Tomatoes
  • Tinned Tuna

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  • Jam
  • Marmalade
  • Marmite
  • Peanut butter
  • Instant coffee (small sizes)
  • Pasta sauces

Dry foods

  • Rice (long grain and basmati)
  • Instant mashed potato
  • Cereals (small box size)
  • Porridge
  • Teabags
  • Sugar
  • Cocoa
  • Biscuits

Cartons and Plastic bottles

  • UHT Milk (1 litre full and semi skimmed)
  • Custard
  • Squash
  • Fruit Juice


  • Stewed steak
  • Minced beef
  • Corned beef
  • Meatballs
  • Chicken in white sauce
  • Sausage casserole
  • Beans and sausages
  • Macaroni cheese
  • Ravioli
  • Spaghetti
  • Tuna/other fish
  • Potatoes
  • Sweetcorn
  • Carrots
  • Peas
  • Custard
  • Rice pudding
  • Fruit
  • Sponge puddings
  • Macaroni cheese


  • Custard
  • Milk

Extra items

  • Toilet roll
  • Shampoo
  • Deodorant
  • Shower gel
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrushes
  • Sanitary towels/tampons


ClothingThe Basics Bank is grateful to receive any clean clothes in good condition,  for men or women.  The greatest need is for casual clothes such as fleeces, t-shirts and jeans, although smart clothes such as suits can also be useful if a client has a job interview. Trainers and socks are always sought after. We regret that we are not accepting children’s clothes, bedding or other household items at present

Please bring appropriate clothes to the Basics Bank during opening hours (Tuesday and Fridays, 10am-3pm). Please do not leave clothes at food collection points or in the doorway.

Financial Giving

There are a number of options if you would like to support us financially:

If you need any further information, please do not hesitate to contact us by calling 01962 855774 or emailing

Havest Festival contributions

Schools and other organisations will often hold collections for food at Harvest Festival time during the autumn; the Basics Bank gratefully receives these contributions. If you would like a member of the board to visit your school and take part in a Harvest Assembly, please contact us by calling 01962 855774 or emailing