Food Banks, Soup Kitchens, Seniors’ Centres, Community Centres, And Other Charitable Organisations

Donating and Hosting

Donations for food banks, are normally mainstream foods, and there are hardly any donations of allergy free foods, or food prepared in soup kitchens are allergy free.

Donate

  1. Avoid any product that contains or ‘may contain’ the allergen.
  2. Avoid products from bulk bins, imported products and products without ingredient labels.

Ideas of food to donate.

Soya Milk (longlife)Free From BiscuitsFree from chocolate
Oat Milk (longlife)Free From CerealsGluten free products
Gluten free breads (Part baked)Free from puddings (Non chilled)Milk free products
Nut and peanut free productsFree from productsGluten free pasta

Hosting

  1. Print posters asking for allergy free foods to be donated.
  2. Include an allergy free meal, but think of cross contamination, keep ingredients so the person with allergies can look at them.
  3. Always read the full ingredient list and any “may contain” statements on all products.
  4. Avoid any product that contains or ‘may contain’ the allergen.
  5. Avoid products from bulk bins, imported products and products without ingredient labels.
  6. If you are a food bank, train someone who knows about allergies.
  7. Food banks keep allergen free foods separate so not put in non-allergies boxes.

These lists are guidance only, and not fully extensive, people are advised that it is the responsibility of the individual when using this information.

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