If you can’t afford to feed yourself, your local food bank can provide you with the supplies you need and even more extra support.
According to our National Students Survey, one in 10 students would use the food bank in the 2021/22 school year.
While we would all rather not need food banks, it is important to know how to offer help and how to approach it.
Read on to find out who can use the food, what you can bring in the food parcel, and what other services they offer.
Who should use food banks?
In a few words, food banks can be used whoever needs these.
There are no restrictions or requirements on who can access the resources offered in the food pantry. You don’t need to apply for universal credit or be unemployed. In fact, there have been countless hearings of the confusion of nurses, doctors and other people in the busy time of having to use food banks.
So whatever it is in your situation, if you feel you need to use the bank, don’t be ashamed of it, don’t feel guilty, embarrassed or ashamed. Financial hardship can hit anyone, especially during the financial crisis.
And don’t worry about how you’ll be treated when you’re there. You’ll find that food banks are friendly, welcoming, judgment-free zones. The staff are mostly volunteers, and they stick around because they care. And, as we will explain later, they can you have more than the food of the field.
Accepting food bank referrals
Even though food banks are technically open to anyone, you may find that you have many referrals to access them. All of this is covered by the Trussell Trust, which operates around half of the food banks in the UK.
You may be referred by a professional or organization in a position of authority or concern, including:
- A doctor
- Your university (tell SU for more info)
- A social worker with food
- The Jobcentre
- Citizens Advice
It is given to you to bear your part food author to take food to the bank.
Use the food bank without referral
As we explained above, all Trussell Trusts require food banks to carry.
But there are still hundreds of food banks across the country that are not run by Trussell Trust, and some of them may be. accessed without reference.
There is no hard and fast way to find food banks that don’t need referrals. There is also no guarantee that there will be one near where you live.
However, some local councils publish lists of all food banks in the area. If yours does, it’s worth looking at to determine whether or not everyone needs referrals.
We’ll cover that below as well soup kitchens and other similar projectshe doesn’t really need it either.
What do you want to put in the food parcel?
Exactly what is on the food side of the farm will vary depending on the food bank you attend and what the specific requirements are.
In general, however, the types of food items are fairly consistent. You can expect dried, frozen and long-life products, plus some non-food essentials.
Trussell Trust says its parts contain food at least three days’ worth of grain. But again, you could be more or less dependent on what food bank you pay attention to and what your needs are.
Foods specifically made from foods containing:
- Tinted soup
- Baked beans
- Tea and/or coffee
- Long life milk
- Tinted meat and / or fish
- Canned fruit and / or vegetables
- Pasta sauce
Meanwhile, non-food items in the food field could include:
- Wash liquid
- It cleans
- Health products.
Again, it depends on what’s in your food, at the time it’s available, and if you have any specific needs. For example, if you have dietary requirements (such as needing gluten-free, vegan or halal foods), volunteers at the food bank can tailor a piece to your needs.
Similarly, if someone depended on you for food, such as children, your lot can be adjusted in this way. This would mean giving you supplies, or more suitable foods.
Other services provided by banks
Food banks not only provide food and other necessities.
Ultimately, food banks aim to break the cycle of people needing their services. To help achieve this, your local food bank may offer any or all of the following:
If you don’t need any of this extra support and just want someone to talk to, food bank volunteers are happy to do that too. We’ve said it once and we’ll say it again: food banks are warm, welcoming spaces, and the staff will be happy to chat with you.
How to find a food bank near you
There is no single support that we can be sure of for all food banks in the UK.
But there are a few maps that do a good job of listing as many of them as possible:
- Give the food table is perhaps the most definitive, featuring over 2,500 UK food banks (including Trussell Trust sites). Just be aware that this support is focused on giving to food banks, so while it’s great to locate your neighbors, you’ll need to click through each page for more details.
- Trust Trussell on the board all their lines in 1,000+ UK locations.
- Food Independent Aid Network’s map locates all 550+ independent food banks that are members of its organization.
We must emphasize that around half of the food banks in the UK are independent, so it is difficult to say for sure whether the Good Food map also lists each and every one.
If you can’t find your local food bank on any of the maps we’ve edited [your area]”, or check out your plan.
Organizations including the Council and University Citizens will also be able to locate one nearby, as if someone were to formally refer you to a food bank.
Failing all of this, you can try contacting local accounts that usually host food banks to see if they offer the service. Religious buildings such as churches, temples and mosques often run food banks, such as city centers. Get in touch to see if and when they operate at the food bank.
Community fridges are spaces where local communities can share food. This includes excess supplies from supermarkets, restaurants, households and parks.
While food banks are very similar, community fridges are slightly different in that their main purpose is to keep fresh food from going to waste. That said, it can still be used freely and in need of accessories.
What’s more, since community grills strive to reduce food waste, you’ll often find fresher fruits and vegetables there. It’s the opposite of food in banks, where the food often (but not always) includes dried and streaked products.
There are a few hundreds of community fridges in the UK, the charity behind them is Hubbub; maps for everyone in his place.
Plus free soup kitchen meals
Although not quite the same as food banks, soup kitchens and other similar projects provide free hot meals to the community.
Contrary to what you might think, the kitchen is a mess not only to the house. Also open to anyone who is hungry, lonely, vulnerable – basically, anyone who needs them. And, like food banks, soup kitchens host community spaces.
Despite the name, many soup kitchens serve more than just soup. A “meal kitchen” is really just a general term to describe any charitable organization that provides free hot food to those in need.
Most soup kitchens are legal, however FoodCycle It works across the country and has a network the table display dozens of places in publicity Otherwise, your best bet is to Google “soup kitchen at me” or “soup kitchen in” [your area]”And see what is near.
What to donate to the food bank
If you are safe enough to spare money or time, you can help in many ways.
The easiest and most obvious way is to donate food and a necessary package to your local food bank. There are a few ways to do this;
- Lots of supermarkets have collection boxes either at the checkouts or at the entrance
- Many food banks, including all Trussell Trust sites, allow you to drop off food directly
- Schools, churches and community choirs often hold collections for food banks.
It also relies on food banks financial donations to continue to pay their full-time staff, and to acquire, lease and maintain facilities.
Trussell has a trust page on their website for making donationsand one and monthly. And if your local food bank isn’t part of the Trussell Trust, you can see them directly on how they prefer to receive donations.
Finally, if you have time, you can also offer local food to your bank. again, Trussell hopes to list volunteer opportunities on his websiteand contact other food banks directly to find out how you can help.
If you’re at university and struggling, you may be facing funding difficulties.