Donating Food and Toys for the Holidays

Food donations

We are currently taking donations of ambient food, toiletries, cleaning supplies and other goods for our Christmas parcels.

Please see our list on our home page for items that we are in short supply.

Advent calendars would be welcome, if possible, to reach us by 24 November to hand out in good time for 1 December.

Donations can be dropped off during our holiday donation hours directly at the food bank or at dedicated locations across East Kilbride.

Need a poster or flyer for a donation box? Download one here.

Can’t make it to the shops? You can also order some items from our Amazon Wish List

Want to help contribute to our funds to help us buy food for the food bank? Every little helps goes a long way. https://loavesandfishesek.com/giving/

Toy and Gift Donations

For our toy parcels, we currently take donations for:

  • new toys especially ages 7-15
  • new games
  • new puzzles for all ages
  • new socks, hats, scarves, mittens, gloves for ages 10-18
  • NEW hats, gloves scarves for men and women: age 18-50
  • new stocking stuffers
  • slightly loved books for children ages 0-16
  • craft items, art supplies for children ages ages 5-10
  • new books
  • gift sets for teen boys and girls
  • gift sets for women and men

We are unable to take any used toys, clothing, DVDs, games, electrical goods, used toiletries.

Dates for donations

We would be grateful if any toy or gift donations could reach us by 11 December 2pm. This will allow our toy parcels to be ready for our service users in good time for distribution the following week.

We can take ambient food, and toiletry donations up until we close for the holidays on 18 December by 2pm.


Anyone wishing to do a collection on our behalf, we can send you promotional material if required.

If you need to arrange a date for dropping off or collection during the week of Dec 8 and Dec 15 get in touch.

Incidentally, if you have a large donation, contact us to arrange assistance if required.

Information about one -off donations, gift aid, or setting up regular donations.

Donations Needed

Our donations have greatly reduced and we are running low on many items needed for full food parcels.

Further restrictions due to COVID19 has caused an increased demand for goods across the sector and food is scarce on shelves.

We are able to take donations Tues-Friday from 10-12. We can also take donations at the following drop off locations.

Do consider a cash donation if you you are unable to find items but still wish to support us. This will allow us to purchase food and essentials once stock becomes available.

Giving to Loaves and Fishes

Thank you for your continued support.

We are unable to take these items at the food bank.

We are getting a number of requests about donations of use clothing, toys, games, and household items including DVD, CDS, electrical goods, bedding, and furniture.

Due to health and environmental regulations AND government guidance surrounding COVID19 WE ARE UNABLE to take any used items.

Please consider donating to the following:

REUSE South Lanarkshire 

Emmaus Glasgow

Waist Not Want Not East Kilbride 

Share Alike 

Donate your bike


Please be considerate to our volunteers at the food bank if these items are turned away.

We simply cannot risk the health of our services users, volunteers and other patrons.

Thank you for your understanding.