Our wonderful Harvest-time continues

The Square Cow delivering to the food bank.

A huge thank you to Frank Dixie and everyone at The Square Cow for their ongoing generosity (main photo above).  Also to Wickham Primary School for their very substantial delivery (photo below).

This week, a thank you goes to Hambledon Methodist Church, who arrived with boxes of goodies from their Harvest celebrations, Sam and Shannon Young of Bishops Waltham, who are regular donors and to the community in Droxford for all their generosity.

And to those of you who chose not to be photographed but have either made continued or one-off special deliveries, we appreciate your support.

Wickham Primary School
Wickham Primary School with their very substantial delivery.

New bank account for Meon Valley Food Bank

bank cards

As a registered charity we need to upgrade our bank account to recognise our charitable status.

We are very grateful to all our regular donors for their support particularly as most weeks we are now buying in food to provide for the needy families we support.

If you are a current donor you should have heard from Annie Thomas, our new Chair, giving you details of our new account.

Please fell free to contact us if you wish to confirm the authenticity of an email you have received from Meon Valley Food Bank.

If you have not heard from Annie or would like to make a regular financial donation to the work of the food bank please contact us and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

Regular donations through PayPal are not affected by this change. If you have a regular PayPal donation in place, you do not need to take any action. Donations will continue as normal.

With many thanks

The Food Bank Trustees

A Huge Harvest Festival Thank You!


A huge thank you to all the churches who have collected for us at their Harvest Festivals to-date and the people who kindly brought in all the produce. 

Thank you, too, to regular donors and their new helpers.  It was wonderful to be in receipt of such generosity this week.

Thank you, too, to the regular Monday-morning team at the Food Bank who got a particularly large number of items dated and sorted onto the shelves, ready for onward delivery.  Community in action!

Main photo: Boarhunt & Southwich churches dropping off food

Farewell to Mike

Mike Salter has retired from his role as Chair of the Trustees of the Meon Valley Foodbank.

During his five years at the helm, Mike has guided the charity through the many challenges faced by the foodbank.

We needed to find new premises as we were on notice for quitting our base at Bishop’s Waltham.  A new home and warm welcome was provided by the Wickham Community Centre following Mike’s conversations with the Centre management.

With the onset of Covid we had to adapt our ways of delivering help to our many clients in the Meon Valley. Again it was the drive and management skills of Mike that enabled us to be equipped and meet the greater demands from those struggling to feed themselves or their families.

We are undoubtedly now in a much stronger position to respond to those caught in the trap of food poverty in the Meon Valley.

We wish Mike a happy retirement from all the responsibilities he carried out as chair of our charity and all the hours spent on our behalf both at the foodbank and behind the scenes!

As a token of our love and respect for Mike, the volunteers of the foodbank presented Mike with a nice scented plant for his garden and £100 worth of Hillier’s garden centre vouchers.

Thank you Mike for all that you given of your time and talents to the work of the Meon Valley Foodbank.

Shirrell Heath Methodist Church Harvest Festival

On Sunday 24th September 2023 Shirrell Heath Methodist Church held their Harvest Festival. They had a lovely sunny day for it and after the service members of the church enjoyed a sociable time in the church hall and grounds with a fabulous hog roast. 

The congregation did a splendid job collecting both fresh garden produce and pantry items for the food bank, when we went to collect it the car was full , boot ,back seat ,all the footwells and the front seat were packed tight!

We cannot thank them enough for such a large contribution to the food bank and their continued support each week throughout the year

Once again thank you Shirrell Heath Methodist Church

Also thank you to St John the Baptist Shedfield for their generous Harvest donations.