Frequently Asked Questions
How does my organisation make a referral to Antrim Foodbank?
- We work with a range of local referral agencies who meet people at risk of going hungry and can refer people to Antrim Foodbank by issuing them with a Foodbank Voucher.
- If you think that your organisation could help people by referring them to Antrim Foodbank, please get in touch with us to discuss becoming a registered voucher holder.
Where is my nearest food bank centre?
- We operate on a referral basis which means that you need to first have a Food bank Voucher to access Antrim Foodbank.
- Please go to the locations page to find the address and opening times of each of our food bank centres.
What’s in a typical food parcel?
- A typical food parcel contains a minimum of three days of nutritionally balanced, non-perishable, tinned and dried foods that have been donated by the local community.
- A typical food parcel includes breakfast cereal, soup, pasta, rice, pasta sauce, baked beans, tinned meat, tinned vegetables, instant mash, UHT milk, tea, coffee, sugar, tinned dessert and biscuits. Some food banks also provide fresh produce if they are able to.
Can the parcel be adapted to special dietary requirements?
Antrim Foodbank can usually adapt your food parcel to suit your dietary needs. Just let us when you arrive with your voucher. We can provide specific parcels for a range of needs including people with diabetes, gluten intolerance, vegetarians and halal.
Antrim Foodbank will also endeavour to adapt your parcel to accommodate any food allergies you indicate.
Will the food parcel cater for my whole family?
We will adapt your food parcel according to the number of adults and children indicated on your Foodbank Voucher and try to provide foods that are age-appropriate and in suitable quantities for your children. We can sometimes offer baby foods, but not SMA milk.
I have a baby, can you help with supplies of nappies and baby food?
Antrim Foodbank usually carries a small stock of nappies and baby foods, which we can add to your parcel. Please let us know when you arrive if you need additional items for your baby. We will also signpost you to local provision of further support where possible.
What if I can’t get to a food bank centre?
Antrim Foodbank may be able to deliver your food parcel to your home, especially if you have mobility needs or are unwell. Please discuss this with the agency that refers you.