why I am collecting for the foodbank…


The Birth & Baby Family Centre is now a collection point for the Bay Foodbank. There is a large tub by the front door, which I will deliver to the foodbank each week.

I started to donate items to the food bank three years ago after I saw a family – mum, dad, 2 kids – trying to buy absolute basics in Aldi. It was about 3 days before Christmas, they tried to pay with a card but didn’t have enough money so they had to leave without toilet roll, beans, bread, milk and some veg. The parents were mortified: the dad looked crushed, the mum upset and the kids were confused and crying. I wanted to buy it for them but feared this would come across as pity or as offensive. I cry every time I think of this day because I wish I had done something.

The next day I went shopping and took a delivery of items to the foodbank where I saw people coming to get a few items so they had food over the Christmas period. It really hit home that so many people are struggling – their Christmas lunch if they were lucky was going to be beans on toast, or maybe a pot noodle.

The staff I spoke to told me that the foodbank was used by lots of older people – pensioners who can’t afford food and heat – and by people who are self employed but who have had a tough month or two and need some help, along with people who are struggling to survive on their benefits.

Reading Jack Monroe’s article has made me see I could do more, we could all do more to make a difference, to do our bit to look after the more vulnerable members of society.


The foodbank needs:

  • tins of vegetables, soup, tomatoes, fruit, custard, rice pudding, meat & gravy, ham and corned beef
  • rice, pasta, noodles, pot noodles, tea, coffee, juice, squash, biscuits, sweets, chocolate, cereal
  • soap, toiletries, sanitary towels and tampons


About 100 parents use the Birth & Baby Family Centre every week – imagine if everyone was able to donate atleast one item a week, just think of the difference this could make to local families – to adults and children who often go hungry and to the girls and the women who can’t afford to buy sanitary products.

Let’s do something!



About Janine 659 Articles
As an experienced and qualified practitioner, I specialise in pregnancy, birth and parent support - my aim is to listen, inform, support and reassure when needed. I have worked with parents since 2002 and I set up Birth, Baby & Family in 2011 to provide good information, different voices and links to the best products and services for families.

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