Foodbanks accepting donations to help those in need during the coronavirus pandemic

DONATIONS to the community foodbanks across Mid and East Antrim Borough Council area can now be left at Civic Buildings in Ballymena, Larne and Carrickfergus for collection.

The council remain committed to helping its citizens receive essential services and emergency provision where required throughout the Coronavirus (COVID 19) pandemic situation.

Supplies of the following basic, long-life foodstuffs are particularly welcome at this time:

UHT Milk

Tinned tomatoes

Tinned potatoes, vegetables

All sauces, for example curries, Bolognese etc

Tinned meats

Dry rice

Packet pasta/rice/noodles




Cereal (multi packs)

Diluting juice/breakfast juice

Pet food




Hand sanitiser

Boxes to distribute hampers to the isolated

Cleaning products

Toilet rolls

Baby food


A Council spokesperson said: “We are thankful to the generosity of our local community who are pulling together to help those who most need it during this unprecedented public health emergency.

“Members of the public can either leave donations of food directly to the three local foodbanks, or to Ardeevin in Ballymena, Smiley Buildings in Larne, and Carrickfergus Civic Centre during specific hours for drop offs.

“We all have a part to play in protecting the most vulnerable in our society.”

Ballymena (Ardeevin) will operate each day as follows:

Mon/Wed/Fri 9am to 1pm

Tues/Thur 1pm to 4.30pm


Wednesday only 9am to 1pm


Monday & Friday only – both days 9am to 1pm

Please contact Ballymena Foodbank on 02825422543 or

Larne foodbank can be contacted by phoning Joan on T: 07443435404 to arrange for donations.

To access the foodbank service please see their website or contact Joan on the above number.

Please contact Whitehead Storehouse by phoning or texting 0759 621 3763 or you can send an email to

Carrickfergus foodbank can be contacted at or by Facebook messenger. Website –

The latest information and updates on the local community foodbanks is available at

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