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New Forest Basics Bank was set up in 2004 under Churches Together in Lymington and Pennington.Click here to see more about us
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How does Basics Bank work?
Generous local people donate non-perishable food to Basics BankClick Here to Donate Money
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
People who are in need and are referred to us are then given a parcel
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.
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.