New Forest Basics Bank

New Forest Basics Bank was set up in 2004 under Churches Together in Lymington and Pennington.

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How does Basics Bank work?

Generous local people donate non-perishable food to Basics Bank

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The goods are sorted by volunteers, supplemented with fresh items purchased locally and made up into parcels of sizes designed to feed individuals or families for up to a week at a time

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Contents of “parcel” for one for a week
Made up into bags for sending out

People who are in need and are referred to us are then given a parcel

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

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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, and unexpected bill, a family breakdown, domestic violence or illness preventing the client to continue working. Receiving a food parcel can help relieve the stress that food poverty causes.

Food parcels are issued for a period of 6 weeks if required, and that usually takes into account the lead-in for the first Universal Credit payment to be met. Sometimes we may require other agencies to assist with helping the client to find a way forward and become more self reliant.

Occasionally we may be asked to make discretionary grants of small amounts of cash where people cannot afford to feed the meter.