How to get a food parcel
Our foodbank works using a voucher referral system.
In order to provide the most appropriate help for the circumstances of your situation, we work with local agencies. If they feel you are struggling to put food on the table, they will issue you with a foodbank voucher. The local agency can also provide long term support ,if needed, to help address some of the issues behind the reasons for your crisis. We also offer friendly advice and signposting when you come for a parcel.
Our foodbank works with a number of different agencies, such as Citizens Advice, housing associations, children’s centres and health visitors. To find out more about the agencies that hold our vouchers and how you can get help, contact Newport Foodbank.
If you are in social housing your first place to go for a voucher is your landlord (e.g. Newport City Homes, Melin, Linc). If you have a private landlord or own your own home then contact the Citizen’s Advice Bureau.
Stow Park Community Centre Foodbank is open every Thursday from 1-3pm, in the informal setting of our cafe area. Whilst the food parcels are made ready, we serve tea, coffee and, often, sandwiches, cakes and pasties too.
Our parcels contain non-perishable foods (tins and packets). A food parcel is carefully designed to give a nutritionally balanced meals for at least three days. Sometimes, we have fresh bread. We also offer toiletries, baby food and nappies, if required.
These are constantly being refreshed and supplied to the centre on an almost daily basis: several local supermarkets have collection boxes for the Foodbank, where the public can donate. Retailers donate surplus food. We also receive food donations from churches, community groups, businesses and individuals.
We gratefully receive any donations of cash, which are used to buy any items where stock is particularly low.
What We Need
Our first priority is to give food, but we also gratefully receive toiletries, cleaning products, and baby supplies if we have them. Can you help by donating?
Food : Tinned vegetables, instant mash, tinned potatoes, tinned tomatoes, jam, instant coffee, squash, fruit juice, pasta sauces, rice, tinned curry/stews/bolognese/chilli etc., hot dog sausages, tinned ham, corned beef, tinned fish, soups, biscuits, snacks and treats, longlife milk, gravy granules (we usually have an excess of baked beans and pasta).
Toiletries: soap, shower gel, shampoo, razors, deodorant, toothpaste, loo rolls
Household: washing powder, washing up liquid, bleach/loo cleaner
Baby: nappies, wet wipes, baby milk, baby food