Burton YMCA Food Bank

Burton YMCA Food Bank says it’s in desperate need of support after the number of people making donations has fallen whilst demand continues to rise.

Staff at the food bank believes “everyone deserves access to food regardless of their circumstances”.

They have now issued an urgent appeal for donations.

“The amount of people requesting a food parcel has quadrupled”
julia david-ratcliffe, food bank coordinator

Five years ago, Burton YMCA Food Bank gave out 1,500 emergency food parcels in 12 months. This more than doubled, last year, in 2022 when  3,101 parcels were issued to struggling households.

Meanwhile a fall in donations is forcing the charity to use its own reserves. It’s now spending £1,000 a month from its fundraising to go towards paying for the goods needed for the parcels.

A container owned by Burton YMCA

The food supplies are so low this container, once full of donated items, is now completely empty.

During 2022 the YMCA supplied enough food for 44,325 meals.

Their work is only possible with the help from the community who donate food bank items or money.

For this organisation to carry on, support from donors is now urgently needed.

A typical emergency food parcel would include the following:

  • 1 x tin potatoes or 1 packet of instant mash
  • 1 x tin vegetables
  • 1 x tin tomatoes or 1 pasta sauce
  • 1 x tin main meal (chilli, curry etc.)
  • 1 x tin rice pudding, custard or fruit
  • 2 x tins baked beans or 1 baked beans and 1 spaghetti
  • 2 x tins soup
  • 1 x bag pasta
  • 1 x box/bag cereal
  • 1 x packet instant rice, instant pasta or instant noodles
  • 1 x bag cooking rice
  • 1 x litre or 2 x 500ml
  • 1 x tea bags
  • 1 x bag sugar
  • 1 x tin fish
  • 1 x packet biscuits (if avaliable)
  • 1 x drink (if available)
  • 1 x jar of jam (if available)
  • Chocolate/sweets (if available)
  • Extra odds and sundries (if avaliable)

You can collect a foodbank parcel from Reconnect (opposite Asda) in Burton on Trent, between the hours of 9am – 7pm.