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Friday 21 April 2023

The Big Help Out Salisbury

You can donate food to local food projects this Coronation bank holiday as part of King Charles’ call for us all to give something back.

On the Coronation Bank Holiday Monday, Salisbury City Council’s Communities Team staff and volunteers will be out in force on our Market Square, alongside community partners from the Salisbury Foodie Network including Salisbury Food Bank and Bemerton Community Fridge, for the biggest food collection the city has ever seen!

This event calls upon residents of Salisbury and the surrounding areas to come together on the day and make a huge difference for those people most affected by the cost-of-living crisis. We call on individuals, organisations, friendship groups and families to collect tinned and packeted goods and bring them to the Market Square on the Big Help Out Day.

Salisbury Foodbank Manager, Maria Stevenson said, “We believe no-one should go hungry in 2023. No one should have to choose between heating or eating. Yet many people in our community still do. One thing you can do this year is to support our local food projects, raise awareness of their needs and spread the word of their existence so more people know where to go if they need help. All the projects that are part of the Salisbury Foodie Forum reduce food waste and distribute vital supplies to those who are struggling and can often prevent people from reaching crisis point.”

It’s important that we gather the foods most needed by projects benefiting from the donations, so the Salisbury Foodie Network please asks for donations of the following

• Tinned fruit
• Rice pudding/custard
• Long life fruit juice
• Long life milk
• Tuna
• Super noodles
• Tinned tomato’s
• Tinned veg
• Tinned meats/meat meals

To donate simply bring the food to the Market Square between 12pm and 4pm on Monday 8 May. If you can walk your donation onto the square, please do, but for those who have collected as a group and have a large amount to donate you will be able to drive onto the Guildhall Square, with access from Blue Boar Row, directed by Marshalls on the day.

The Mayor of Salisbury, Cllr Tom Corbin said “The King’s Big Help Out is a day of opportunity for charity groups and volunteer organisations to showcase what they do and for people to come together to help support and give back to the Salisbury community. I look forward to supporting Salisbury City Council and community partners event on Coronation Monday on the Market Square.”

On the day we will be joined by Love Salisbury Radio who will be bringing some music and atmosphere and a range of local voluntary organisations promoting their work and the volunteering opportunities within their projects. Groups include Alzheimers Support. Read Easy and Ramblers Wellbeing Walks Salisbury and Wessex Community Action. With volunteer refreshments provided by Tesco Express the day promises to be a fun and meaningful collaboration for the Coronation!

If anyone would like to volunteer to help us collect and sort the food on the day please contact the Salisbury City Council Communities Team on 01722 417100 or email with the subject line ‘Big Help Out’