Most needed in June – long life whole milk, peanut butter, sugar and tinned plain meat

The generosity of the Food Hub’s supporters never ceases to amaze us. Last month was our second busiest* May to date, with food provided for 3,870 meals, including for a higher number of large families than usual.

Yet our supporters’ donations ensured we had sufficient food in stock to meet our clients’ needs, and enough left to pass on to our Food Stop partners at Old Lodge Lane Baptist Church, Purley, and St Francis Church, Monks Hill, Selsdon.

“The generosity of our supporters is amazing,” says Louise Willmer, our Stock Controller. “Thank you everyone for all the food, toiletries and household essentials you donated in May – just what we needed for the increasing number of families with a number of children to support being referred to us for emergency help.”

Louise expressly thanked the supporters who have donated items for our kitchen cleaning kits that we give to clients with their first delivery: j-cloths, sponges and soap. And bars of soap are among June’s Top 10 items we most need for our clients and their families.

Heading the list, again, are cartons of long life whole milk, jars of peanut butter, small (500g) bags of sugar and tinned plain meat – corned beef, ham, chicken.

Small bottles of squash are also listed, along with sponge puddings, jellies and Angel Delight for children, and microwave meals for toddlers aged 12 months-plus. The non-food items we especially need in addition to bars of soap are small bottles of washing up liquid and toilet rolls.

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Donations can be brought to us at Purley United Reformed Church (next to Purley Hospital) on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday mornings between 9.00am – 12.00noon, or they can be dropped off at one of our local in-store and roadside collection points listed here.

Since the Food Hub opened in 2013, the continued generosity of our supporters has enabled us to provide food for over 39,000 people – equivalent to more than 350,000 meals. As we never tire of saying:


* The highest figure for meals provided in May was 4,590 during the Covid pandemic in 2020.