Our foodbank relies on your goodwill and support.

Over 90% of the food distributed by foodbanks in The Trussell Trust network is donated by the public – that’s why your food donations are absolutely vital to our ability to give everyone referred to us a balanced and nutritious three-day supply of food.

Our shopping list shows the food items that we need right now.


Collection points for donations are available at the following locations, alternatively donations may be dropped at our warehouse: Unit 12 New Lairdship Yards, EH11 3UY

BankTheFood App

Want to get a notification to remind you of what our foodbanks need the most when you are doing your food shop? Download the BankTheFood app to get regular updates on our most needed items straight to your phone. 

All you need to do is download the app through either the Apple or Google store and follow Edinburgh Food Project. Once you are following us and have allowed the app access to your location you will receive updates each time you are near one of our food collection points. 

You can also keep track of what you have donated and set yourself goals. 

Urgently Needed Items

  • Tinned Cold Meat
  • Tinned Hot Meals (e.g. Tinned Stew, Hot Dogs, Fray Bentos Pies)
  • UHT Milk
  • Long Life Fruit Juice
  • Tinned Fruit
  • Tinned Vegetables
  • Coffee
  • Tinned Fish
  • Tinned Tomatoes
  • Tinned Spaghetti in Sauce
  • Rice 
  • Jam

Required Items

  • Tinned Custard / Rice Pudding
  • Ready Meals (e.g. Pot Noodles)
  • Sweets / Chocolate / Crisps
  • Biscuits
  • Cereals
  • Pasta Sauce / Curry Sauce 
  • Sugar 
  • Pulses (e.g. Lentils, Kidney Beans)
  • Household Cleaning Products 
  • Razors
  • Deodorant
  • Shampoo 
  • Toilet Paper

Well Stocked

  • Pasta
  • Soup
  • Baked Beans
  • Toothpaste

Donate with Online Shopping

Amazon Wish List

We have an Amazon Wish List to make it easier for people to support Edinburgh Food Project from afar.

For Common Good List  

This is a zero-waste platform that collates donations and will be dispatched in bulk to minimize excess packaging. This new platform has a good mix of food and hygiene items at a stable price.  If you would like to help EFP remotely this is an excellent method.

We always welcome donations and promise to use them to provide help to people in crisis. Occasionally we send food to other nearby foodbanks to support their work particularly if they experience shortages. This ensures your donations go to help people wherever in the UK they are.

Please contact us if you have any questions about donating.

Food Items We Can't Take

Bottles of water*, very large bags or boxes**, opened, used or out-of-date items, fresh or frozen food, and alcohol


*Although water is an essential, alongside our food parcels it becomes too heavy for clients to carry, we are frequently left with an excessive amount of bottled water.

**e.g. 1kg bags of pasta/rice and 1,000 boxes of tea bags. Whilst these are essential items which do we put in our parcels, they are too large for many clients to carry home. Due to the changes in food standard legislation we are no longer able to split these items.

Hold Your Own Food Collection

While a large amount of our donations come from Supermarket collection points, we are also lucky to be supported by a number of local Community groups, Churches, Schools, and businesses that host their own food collections. 

If you would like to host your own food collection check out ‘How To’ guide, and our poster templates.