New Forest Basics Bank

New Forest Basics Bank is a charity that provides food and other essentials for people in need in the New Forest. It was set up in 2004 under Churches Together in Lymington and Pennington. Click here to see more about us

One of our food parcels awaiting delivery

How does the Basics Bank work?

Generous local people donate non-perishable food to the Basics Bank.

People who are in need are referred to us.

Volunteers put together a food parcel made up of the donated goods, supplemented by fresh items purchased locally. These parcels are designed to feed the household for a week at a time.

Our clients either collect their parcel from us or, more likely, because it consists of several heavy bags, it is delivered to their home by another team of volunteers.

There are many reasons for needing a food parcel. Food poverty is a complex area to address. It can be caused by something as simple as a benefit payment being late, or a more serious debt issue, an unexpected bill, a family breakdown, domestic violence or illness preventing someone from continuing to work. Receiving a food parcel can help relieve the stress that food poverty causes.