The services run by the Brick Project include Wigan’s largest food bank which is managed by a small staff team mainly comprised of volunteers. The food bank relies heavily on donations from businesses and the public, so please donate whenever you can.

Our food bank aims to support people facing the effects of poverty in a variety of different circumstances, be that homelessness, unemployment, low-income food shortages or other challenging situations. We believe that it is vital to ensure everyone has access to essential food items and nutrition. The Brick is determined to fight food poverty across the borough.

How our Food Bank works:

Schools, churches, businesses and individuals donate non-perishable, in-date food to our food bank. Large collections often take place as part of seasonal celebrations such as harvest and Christmas, and food is also collected at supermarkets.

Volunteers sort food to check that it’s in date and store it ready to be given to people who are referred to food banks in crisis. More than 40,000 people give up their time to volunteer at food banks across the UK.

Food banks partner with a wide range of care professionals such as doctors, teachers, health visitors and social workers to identify people in crisis and give them refer them to access emergency food.

Key details are taken and delivery is scheduled for as soon as possible to the doorstep of those in need. Parcels typically provide three days’ emergency food. Volunteers are also safeguarding trained to aid them in helping resolve any crisis they face.

Food donation points:

  • Asda Robin Park
  • Sainsbury’s Marus Bridge
  • Tesco Wigan
  • Tesco Hindley
  • Lidl Wigan
  • Lidl Standish
  • Co-op Shevington
  • Co-op Upholland

Other Donation Points:

  • Go Outdoors Wigan – clothing, sleeping bags

Food Donation suggestions:

  • Tinned Meat & Fish (eg. Minced Beef, Meatballs, Corned Beef, Ham, Tuna)
  • Cereal (preferably porridge sachets or Weetabix or smaller boxes of cereal)
  • Tinned Potatoes
  • Tinned beans, soup, tomatoes and vegetables
  • Packet/Quick Meals (eg. Pasta ‘n’ Sauce, Pot Noodles, Microwaveable Rice)
  • Tinned Desserts (eg. Rice Pudding, Custard, Fruit)
  • Snacks (eg. Biscuits, Crisps, Sweets)
  • Coffee, tea and biscuits
  • Nappies (up to size 5) and formula milk
  • Toiletries (eg. Shampoo, Shower Gel, Deodorant, Toothpaste, Toilet Tissue

The Brick, 10 Arcade Street, Wigan WN1 1LU   

Call: 01942 236 953

The Brick Project offers a huge range of services to people who are homeless, in poverty or facing debt crisis. This includes Crisis Intervention, Hospital to Home, Asset Coaching and Wigan’s largest Foodbank. As its name suggests, it provides a safe, solid building block for people in crisis to begin rebuilding their lives.

The Brick Shop is a charity shop selling donated goods, often to people on low incomes. The shop gives clothes free of charge to people referred by Wigan Council. The shop is one of the main hubs within its community.


The Brick Works offers training to increase the employment opportunities for people who are unemployed for a variety of reasons. This may include homelessness or recently housed people referred.


The Brick Giving aims to put an end to poverty and homelessness in Wigan and Leigh. Our #BrickbyBrick campaign is working to raise £175,000 to purchase The Brick Works and make sure no one in our community is left behind.


The Brick Re-Use has been set up to help educate people in the Wigan Borough about recycling and re-use. We also turn unwanted goods into lovingly restored furniture for families in need.