For more information see the dedicated Care & Share Facebook page here.
Food supplies - There is a process in place to ensure the food bank stays safe for people collecting and donating.
When visiting, please follow the instructions to ensure you and everyone else's safety.
Food donations - Please continue to donate food. The lockdown rules allow you to continue to donate food at drop off points.
Volunteers - Volunteers are still permitted under lockdown rules to carry on as before, unless they are isolating.
Referrers - Referrers can request deliveries for isolating/shielding vouchers.
(Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to organise this in advance and we will try to accommodate this) - BHPT WORK MOBILE 07483 326525
About Burnham Care & Share
Burnham Care & Share is an alliance set up by Burnham Health Promotion Trust, St Peter's Church, May's Chocolate House, Maidenhead Foodshare & Burnham Rotary Club.
We are the Burnham arm of the Maidenhead Foodshare charity, with one simple objective: to help people in and around Burnham who are, for whatever reason, unable to feed themselves or their families properly.
Our main focus is on providing food, including fruit and vegetables. We aim to provide a minimum of 3 days food, more if we have the stock. We accommodate as far as we can for particular dietary requirements (e.g. vegetarian, gluten-free, Halal etc).
Drop off locations
Currently we have four locations to drop donations:
- The Care & Share main site - May's Chocolate House, Burnham High Street, Burnham (opposite Tesco Express), SL1 7JX. Open Tuesdays and Fridays from 2.00 - 4.00pm.
- Budgens Burnham High Street. Budgens have a basket for you to place the items in. Open 8am - 7pm Monday to Saturday and 10am - 4pm Sunday.
- St Peter's Church Rectory, Church Street, Burnham, SL1 7HX - Any time
- The Old Five Bells, 14 Church Street, Burnham. Laura, the manager has kindly said she will take in donations if the main site is closed. Please call on 07588 675810/01628 604276 to let her know when you are dropping donations off so she can safely store it inside.
List of food we need the most
We will list below the food the Care & Share most need and also include a link (BELOW IN RED) to download it, so you print it and take it to the shop, pin it to the fridge etc!
- Ring pull tins are especially welcome for those with limited cooking facilities, temporary accommodation etc.
- We welcome donations of spare bags for life in good condition.
- Unfortunately we do not have the facilities for frozen or refrigerated items.
- Regretfully we cannot pass out handmade items, such as cakes.
Donations are gratefully received by everyone who used the Burnham Care & Share. Since opening in July 2020 we have been overwhelmed with the community kindness and generosity. Keep reading to see more thanks and news on this fabulous community project!
- Soup - Tinned or packet
- Rice - Pouch or boil
- Pasta - Big or small
- Tinned baked beans
- Tinned spaghetti
- Tinned ravioli or macaroni cheese
- Tinned meat
- Cereal or porridge
- Multipack snack biscuits
- Tinned tuna
- Tinned tomatoes
- Tinned vegetables
- UHT milk
- Coffee or tea
- Tinned fruit
- Tinned rice pudding
- Tinned custard
- Spreads for bread / toast
- Coffee or tea
- Dried fruit or raisins
- Wet wipes
Good for those with limited cooking facilities
- Pot noodles
- Multipack cereal
- Cans of soft drink
- Boiled sweets
How to get a voucher
We work with lots of organisations locally who refer in to the Foodshare system. The organisations will help you to work out if the Foodshare is appropriate for you.
If you are unsure where to get started, here are some tips:
- If you have a child at school, ask the school.
- If you have young children, ask your Health Visitor.
- If you are working with Children's Services ask your Social Worker.
- If you are at the Dr's speak to your GP, nurse or receptionist.
- If you are homeless or in temporary accommodation you can ask your housing officer, homeless department or Shelter.
- If you are in social housing, ask the housing association.
- For general enquiries, ask Citizens Advice.
- If you have any other professional support worker, ask them.
- If you have connections with St Peter's Church speak to Samson or Janet.
- If none of these then please call us, Burnham Health Promotion Trust on our work mobile - 07483 326525
We do need vouchers to issue the food, but understand that in some emergency situations this will not be possible. Please do not hesitate to call/pop in to see us.
Our collection site is based at May's Chocolate House, Burnham High Street, opposite the Tesco Express, just where the road splits into Jennery Lane and continues straight on to the High Street.
In the winter the door may be closed but knock and come in. You may be asked to wait for a moment if there are too many people inside (due to current restrictions).
Igan and Wafaa, who own the Chocolate House, have kindly opened it up to us whilst they are not operating as usual. Lots of you may know them from living in the village. They have been in Burnham for many years and were eager to give back and get this project off the ground. The collections are from here but we also accept donations too.
For additional donation points, see above.
Where we are based in Burnham High Street, there is no street-side parking unfortunately. However if you are not walking there are a few options:
- There are three council run car parks nearby (Jennery Lane, Summers Road & Neville Court). We will put the link below for information on them, as there are charges.
- There are sometimes free parking spaces up and down Burnham High Street, but there is no guarantee there will be somewhere available, and it is a ONE WAY STREET remember, so if you cant get parked you have to go round again.
- For bigger deliveries, please contact us on the work mobile 07483 326525 or email us on email@example.com for information on delivering.
If you are collecting from us, there is usually somebody who can assist you with carrying things should you need assistance.
Milk is an essential item every week. You can see our regular updates on Facebook if we are running low on particular items.
Our Thanks Section
Well this is a very important section. We have so many generous contributions, large and small, it is impossible to list them all! (but I will try and keep this page updated with recent ones)
- To the residents of Pink Lane in Burnham-Thank you for all the donations of food you collected & sent in via Sarah. I understand you would like to continue with this, so when we are running low again, I will let Sarah know. Thank You!
- To DKProDuKtions for donating the shelving for our store cupboard, it's made a big difference! Thank You!
- To Petra, the Tesco Community Champion at Taplow who regularly supplies us with UHT milk and other donations. Thank you!
- Kavita & the staff at Budgens who donated personal care items from the funds raised via their Christmas Raffle. Thank You!
- To Burnham Beeches Rotary Club for funding some work at the shop to extend our storage space. Thank You!
- The Burnham Lions for their recent donation of £500 to care & Share! Amazing, thank you!
- To the people who send us regular financial support via Maidenhead FoodShare. Thank You!
- Bucks CC for grants made during Covid-19. Thank You!
There are a few snapshots in to the past 6 months of being open. What a fabulous community we have.
Care & Share News
Some of the latest goings on...
- January 2021 - Well what can we say? We were amazed and overwhelmed with the kindness shown by individuals and community groups over December! We received so many donations of Christmas treats, gitfs, special food items and much more. We are currently supporting 27 voucher holders, made up of 80 adults and children. Everything that gets donated is greatly appreciated.
- December 2020 - We have received donations of Reverse Advent Calendars’ where instead of opening a door or having a treat each day, you put a grocery or household item into a box throughout December and donate it. What generous gifts and a great way to get the whole family involved. Thank you.
- December 2020 - Another massive success was the Christmas Raffle. We raised a fabulous £820! All of the money goes back into the Care & Share, to buy food and household items.
- December 2020 - We had some amazing bags made up and delivered by the Rotary Club, full of Christmas treats and gifts to spread some Christmas cheer to those who may not have had as much this year. An absolutely amazing donation made from the Rotary Club - Thank you.
On a typical Care & Share day there will be around 3 volunteers. The range of responsibilities can be from sorting donations, packing bags with food, delivering the bags, collecting donations from the local Tesco to assisting people on collection. There are many jobs that make up the role of a volunteer, it's never a dull moment.
Volunteering is a great way to boost your CV, try a different field of work or just to give back to the local community. We have seen an increase in people interested in becoming a volunteer since the Covid pandemic hit, with more people being at home and more people looking to help others.
If you are interested in volunteering, please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org thank you.
To our volunteers who regularly turn up on the cold, wet and gloomy days to help, Thank You! Without your help we would completely run off our feet. Extra special thanks to Rachel, Ruth, Ollie, Matthew & Samson who helped with the building of shelves, moving of stock and receiving a huge food order from Budgens recently.