As a charity we depend upon financial donations in order to operate, if you are interested in supporting us this way please see our Financial Support pages.


Any clean and good condition clothes can be donated on Wednesdays at the clothes bank at Church of the Ascension  or at any of our food venues during their opening times. You can also drop clothes to our central warehouse, but please call the office number first to check someone is available. Donations of clothes will be sorted and displayed for clients to ‘shop’ from when they come in with a voucher on Wednesdays. If we have an excess of clothing donations, these will be recycled which earns some income to help keep the charity running.

We are always in short supply of men’s clothes, particularly jeans and hard wearing trousers and shoes. Similarly the demand for older children’s and teenage clothes for boys and girls is also greater than our normal supply.

As the seasons change we need warm jumpers and waterproof coats and shoes from the beginning of autumn onwards. If you are donating shoes, please could you tie the pair together to avoid separation during transit.


All of the food that we are able to give out to those in need, comes to us as donations from the public. We are completely dependent upon this year round generous support from churches, schools, businesses and members of the public in order to help those who need emergency food in Southampton and the surrounding area.

You can donate food at any of our venues, any day that they are open, or there are food collection points after the checkouts at Sainsbury’s in Portswood and Lordshill.

If you are a school or a church that has collected a large amount of harvest donations it may be possible for us to arrange for it to be picked-up, please contact the SCM office.

To give you an idea of what kind of foods are good to donate, please look through the list below or download a copy. If you do wish to buy items please buy smaller portion bags not bulk buy items, as we give out food based on meal portions.

Stewed Steak
Minced Beef
Chicken In White Sauce
Spaghetti Bolognese
Baked Beans with Sausages
Irish Stew
Chilli Con Carne
Macaroni Cheese
Spaghetti Hoops
Soup (particularly the chunky soups)
Baked Beans
Potatoes – Can be tinned or packet of mash
Rice Pudding/Custard
Tinned Fruit
Vegetarian Foods
Sweet corn
Other Misc Veg. Tinned
Cereal: especially Weetabix (ideal for single people) as it can be split to make more parcels.
Pasta Sauce
Packet of Noodles/Savoury Rice
Hot Chocolate
UHT Milk
Treats (Crisps, Chocolate, biscuits, crackers, seasonal foods)

You can support the work of SCM by: (top three links go to external website)

Online giving through mydonate Giving as you shop online Giving your old/scrapped car Volunteering