Reaching our community with the love of Jesus

Beacon Food Bank

Open: Weekdays 10am - 2pm

Please make referrals to 07718 424 618 between 10am and 12.30pm, after this you will have to leave a message for the following day. However, food can be collected up until 2pm from Beacon Lounge

 

give.net fundraising link 

You can hear Ruth Scott speaking about Beacon Food Bank on the BBC Radio Solent here.

Thank you to our partners; Northney Farm , who are supplying us with fresh milk each week at cost and Heidi's Bakery, who are helping us with bread. M&S and Tesco (Leigh Park) help us with fresh veg and fruit and Waitrose are now also on board for fresh goods.

Thank you to all our regular financial donors! We really appreciate your support. If you prefer to give anonymously that's fine, but we won't be able to send you an acknowledgement. If you have signed a gift aid form, you are also welcome to ask for an annual report of your giving. If you would like help us financially, contact us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or see below.

Feedback Request: If you have received a hamper from us in the past, we would love to hear from you as to what it meant at the time and hopefully how you are now back on your feet.  Why not drop in and tell us or send us an email or a note?

Stock Update 

The food items we need most at the moment are rice, small jars of coffee, small bags of sugar, jam, ring pull rins of corn and fruit. You may not realise this but we help rough sleepers with hot drinks, toast and small bags of easy to eat food. We run a "suspended coffee" scheme in the Beacon Lounge for paying customers to buy an extra coffee for us to give away to rough sleepers. We have run out of donations specifically for this purpose. If you would like to support this, please make a financial donation - either in person in the Beacon Lounge or you can send it it to us with a note that it is for this purpose and we will ensure it is properly used. We also need a small number of mens underwear, size medium, preferably trunks.

We need to raise £10,000 this year to fund the next few years running costs. Can you help us? All financial donations are welcome. Follow the link below to make a donation via Give.net. If you would like to support us as a business, contact Ruth on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we can arrange to meet with you to discuss what we do and how we could work together.

 

We offer ...

Free food hampers to those in genuine need in Havant Borough

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You need to be referred by someone who knows your circumstances and is working with you on an ongoing basis e.g. a social worker, Job Centre advisor, housing officer, Citizen Advice, MIND, SDAS and other charities and church ministers. As a last resort if you do not have access to the above e.g. you are elderly then a doctor or nurse can refer you but please be aware that this is not their key role and they may refuse to do so. Food hampers are only available for collection from The Beacon by appointment. Click on the links below for more information.

We accept referrals from:

  • Havant Borough Council
  • Childcare services
  • Social workers
  • Guinness Care & Support
  • Citizens Advice Bureau
  • Job Centre
  • MIND
  • Care homes
  • Doctors & Community Nurses
  • Local churches
  • Other charitable groups

Like what we do and want to donate food?

Just bring your donations along to one of our Donation Points:

  • The Beacon Lounge on weekdays between 10am and 2pm, or every other Saturday between 10am and 4pm - situated at the top of the stairs in the Meridian Centre
  • Asda Walmart, Bedhampton where there is a large collecting box by the doors at the café end of the store
  • Tesco Extra, Havant, at the top of the escalator.
  • The Pastoral Centre, Petersfield Road, Havant
  • The Methodist Pastoral Centre, Emsworth

We give out hampers all year round as referrals come in but our greatest need of support is at Christmas - see above.

Food items needed:

  • Coffee and Tea
  • Pasta Sauces
  • Rice
  • Sugar (500g)
  • Cereals
  • Soup
  • Tinned Meat
  • Tuna
  • Tinned Vegetables or Fruit
  • Custard
  • Rice Puddings
  • Bottles of Squash
  • Biscuits
  • Cooking Sauces
  • Jam or Marmalade
  • Meals in a tin

We also welcome donations of fresh fruit & vegetables so if you are a keen gardener or allotment owner please consider us when you have an excess of produce. Please bring these direct to the Beacon Lounge when we are open and do not put them in a supermarket donation point as these are only emptied twice a week so they would not stay fresh. This also applies to any dairy products.

Want to make a money donation instead?

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Money is needed to pay for the fresh food we put in each hamper and to cover administration costs.
Please make cheques payable to Beacon Food Bank or contact us if you would like to donate by BACS.

If you want to Gift Aid your donation and haven't already filled in a Gift Aid form please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and ask for a form to be e-mailed back to you.  Thanks!


Our Values

All our activities are based on Christian principles and an integral part of what we do as a church in the community.
We welcome the involvement of other Christian churches and members of the public.  Help is provided free to those in genuine need without regard to religion, race, class, sex or any other perceived distinction.

For more details please ring the Food Bank coordinator on 07718 424 618 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Beacon Food Bank is a charitable project run by Portsdown Community Church
Charity No. 290803