Who Is Basics Bank For?
Southampton City Mission Basics Bank runs for individuals and families in need of basic food and clothing requirements to feed them for up to five days.
When & When
Every weekday at various church venues throughout the city support Southampton City Mission
The food banks are based at each of the following locations - for more details please click on the button below
- Monday – Above Bar Church (temporarily at Central Baptist)
- Tuesday – St Mary’s Church Sholing
- Wednesday – The Old Chemist, Bitterne (Food and Clothing)
- Thursday – Shirley Baptist
- Friday – Lord’s Hill Church, Lordshill.
Each weekday between 10am and 3pm volunteers provide food to individuals and families in need across the city through one of the Southampton City Mission food bank venues. Clients will generally have sought help through one of the numerous referral agents in Southampton, with these referral agents providing an online voucher for food and/or clothing such that when a client comes to the Southampton City Mission food bank they are known to have a genuine need. Clients will, however, be helped in the absence of a referral with their emergency food needs at the discretion of each food bank.
The food banks are staffed by volunteers who are able to offer a morning/afternoon or all day to meet and chat with clients and to collect and/or pack food parcels for them at one of the venues, such that we provide food that is specific to their needs where at all possible.
A key part of the food banks remit is to go beyond the simple provision of food/clothing and to provide a listening ear to clients. Remembering their names each week and listening to the stories of their lives is key to ensuring that they feel genuine Christian love when the majority of clients live vulnerable and isolated lives. Where possible we also seek to supplement our support by helping clients with pointers to other agencies across the city, and also to offer prayer where appropriate.