Donating goods

Each year we provide more than 9,000 breakfasts and 10,500 three-course lunches.

As you can imagine, we need a lot of food to be able to do this.

We have a contract with FareShare, the charity which collects unsold food from supermarkets and suppliers. They deliver meat, fruit, vegetables and ready-to-eat food to us twice a week. 

Local shops supply us with bread, milk and other food when available. Each year we receive tins and other goods from churches and schools at Harvest Festival. Churches support us with food collections all year round.

If you’d like to donate food, our wish list includes:

Tins, jars, packets

  • Tinned soup and tomatoes*
  • Tinned fish and meat*
  • Ready-made pasta sauce
  • Gravy granules and stock cubes
  • Dried herbs and tomato puree
  • Instant coffee
  • Tea bags
  • Biscuits, crisps and chocolate bars
  • Jam and marmalade
  • Marmite, Nutella and peanut butter
  • Juice in small cartons
  • UHT milk

*It is helpful to have tins with an opening tab as most of our clients don’t have access to a tin opener

We give out some tins to clients, so tinned ready meals with meat are always popular.

Please ensure that all food donations are within date and alcohol-free.

Please don’t leave any food at the door as we have to be sure of the provenance of any food donations – you can bring items to the Centre during opening hours, or call us to discuss drop-off.

Fresh, chilled, frozen

Food hygiene rules and space limitations mean we rarely accept chilled or frozen food. Fresh fruit and vegetables are generally very useful, so please call us on 01273 602824 if you have a surplus.

Other items

We welcome donations of items to help make living on the streets less challenging. People sleeping in shop doorways have to keep all their worldly goods with them, and they are heavy.

We keep a supply of new underwear and toiletries so people can wash and feel clean without having to carry too much around.

Socks are very important. If feet become infected, a life rough sleeping becomes very painful. We try to have coats and fleeces on hand to cope with changes in the weather, but space for these is very limited.

We always need unchipped mugs – any style – we get through a lot and we do use proper mugs rather than disposable cups, both for comfort and the environment. So have a look in your cupboards – any number of mugs are always welcome

If you’d like to donate toiletries and other items, our wish list includes:

Toiletries

  • Deodorant – male and female
  • Shower gel, soap, shampoo and conditioner
  • Wet wipes and pocket tissues
  • Disposable razors – multi-bladed preferred
  • Shaving foam
  • Toothpaste and toothbrushes
  • Flannels, towels, combs
  • Sun cream – small size, high factor

Clothing

  • Men’s boxer shorts and briefs*
  • Men’s socks – thick and thin*
  • Women’s underpants and socks*
  • Beanie hats, scarves, gloves
  • Baseball caps for summer
  • Jogging bottoms
  • Good quality winter jackets

*All personal items should be brand new please

We also have a demand for new sleeping bags (with elasticated hoods) and camping mats.

Our dry storage space is very restricted so we can no longer accept donations of other clothes. Second-hand clothes can be donated on our behalf to the St Vincent de Paul Charity Shop at 162-164 Lewes Road, Brighton.

Please say you are donating for St Anne’s as then we can give vouchers to clients who go to the shop and choose what they need, at no cost to us.

Contact our Centre Manager on 01273 602824 to arrange the drop-off of donations

Don’t leave anything at the door, thank you!

If you have any queries about donating goods to us, please get in touch on our contact page. We’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

Amazon Wish List

We have select items available to buy on our Amazon Wish List. They’ll be delivered directly to us at the Centre!