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 in Milland Road during opening hours (Tuesday and Fridays, 10am-3pm) or put into our trolleys at either of  the Sainsbury’s stores at Badger Farm and Middle Brook Street, the Co-op in Alresford or Waitrose in Stockbridge Road, Weeke.

Currently (January 2019) we are particularly short of the following items:-

  • Long-life milk
  • Tinned custard
  • Rice pudding
  • Tins of meat (e.g. stewed steak, minced beef & onions, chicken in mushroom sauce)
  • Porridge
  • Small jars of coffee

These are the items we normally stock:


  • 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 delighted to advise that after a recent request we are well supplied with clothing. Please do not bring any more.

However we are in desperate need for coathangers. If you have any spare that you could donate to us please bring them to our premises in Milland Road during opening hours (Tuesday and Fridays, 10am-3pm). Thanks

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,  07581370020 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