Donate food


We are always happy to receive food donations. If you would prefer to give food for us to distribute, please take a look at our Bow Foodbank favourites list below or download a collection box poster here:

Bow Foodbank Food Collection Box Poster

We are also in need of plastic bags – so please do include these in your collections!

If you have further questions on donations, please email for more information.

You can bring your food donations to the food bank at the following times:



Sundays 1.30-3.30pm
Mondays 8.00am-12.30pm

Tuesdays 11am-3pm
Wednesdays 12pm-7pm



As of 1 September 2023, this location will closed, so please take all donations to our Bethnal Green location. A new Bow location will be opening later 2023.

Local shops also collect for us and if you are in these stores and would like to give one or two items. Thank you!

Simply Fresh E2:   201-203 Roman Rd, E2 0QY

Maks News:  154 Columbia Rd, E2 7RG

St. Pauls Old Ford:  St Paul’s Church, St Stephen’s Rd, Bow, London E3 5JL

Ozone Coffee:  Emma St, E2 9AP

Waitrose, St Katharine Docks41 Thomas More St, London E1W 1YY

Sainsbury’s:   1 Cambridge Heath Rd, London E1 5SD

Foodbank Favourites

Every week, we bulk buy Bow Foodbank favourite items for our guests, so every item you can give saves us money.

We typically provide around three to four days’ worth of food for each person, plus extra items for a family with children. Please give what you can – even just a few items do make a difference.

If you would like to organise a larger food collection for us from your school, church, community group, apartment block or workplace, read our information sheet here: Bow Foodbank Support in Kind – Collection Box

If you wish to set up a weekly collection point, please get in touch:

Thank you for all your help!

  • Cereals (including 12-pack Weetabix)
  • Disposable nappies (most popular sizes 5 & 6)
  • Dried lentils
  • Vegetable cooking oil (1 L)
  • Washing Powder
  • Toilet rolls
  • UHT Milk (semi-skimmed or full fat)
  • Rice (500g – 1 kg)
  • Pasta (500g – 1kg)
  • Nuts, Seeds, Dried Fruit
  • Wraps
  • Washing-up liquid
  • Plastic Bags
  • Tinned vegetables and pulses – kidney beans, chickpeas, potatoes, tomatoes, sweetcorn etc. (400g)
  • Instant coffee
  • Shampoo
  • Shower Gel
  • Teabags
  • Peanut butter
  • Rice pudding
  • Tinned custard or rice pudding
  • Sweet spread (jam, honey etc.)
  • Period products
  • Incontinence pads
  • Toothpaste