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Tonnes of Tins - 2024

Kent’s Biggest Food collection is back, and we're asking: “Can you help us collect Tonnes of Tins for local food banks in Kent?”

More people than ever are relying on food banks, and this need continues to grow. In 2022/23, the number of people in 'food insecure' households rose to 7.2 million, an increase of 2.5 million since 2021/22*. This trend is evident in our local communities as well.

Food poverty is a growing issue, but we know we have the power to help. We have teamed up with local businesses across Kent to collect and deliver as many "Tonnes of Tins" as possible by mid-August to local food banks.

Approximately 2400 420g tins of beans or similar food items equate to one tonne. We aim to see how many tonnes we can collect and distribute within the five-week timeframe.

Last year, we made an incredible impact by donating 6.77 tonnes of food to local food banks across Kent.

 

This year, we've made it even easier to get involved, and we hope to equal or beat our efforts from 2023. We understand that many may be unable to help us financially this year, but a share on social media or an email to colleagues and friends could make a huge difference and is free!

Rob Wills, Getting You Home Presenter

 

There are three ways you can donate to this campaign

Donate a small amount of money to our JustGiving page. We will purchase tins in bulk, securing great discounts, and distribute them among our food banks.

You can find our JustGiving page here

 

Order an online shop via your chosen supplier and have it delivered to kmfm HQ, Monday to Friday, between 08:30 and 17:00. Address details are below.

 

Deliver in person to kmfm HQ or one of our incredible partners with offices across the county. See the address details below.

Your small contribution will have a huge impact - we hope you can support us again and make this the biggest year yet. You have until Friday 9th August to get your delivery to us!

*Statististic from DWP
 

Where can I deliver my donations?

Check out the map above to see where your local delivery site is. If you are heading to one of our proud partner locations, please make them aware that you are delivering for Tonnes of Tins. Please also note that each site will have different operating/opening hours and they won't be able to help outside of these hours.

  • kmfm Medway House, Sir Thomas Longley Rd, Rochester ME2 4DU 01634 227800 
    Monday - Friday 09:00 - 17:00 
  • Kent Online Ashford Office Unit 4, Park Mall Shopping Centre, Ashford TN24 8RY 
    Monday - Friday 09:00 - 17:00 
  • Specsavers Chatham 215 High St, Chatham ME4 4BG 01634 818555 
    Monday - Friday 09:00 - 17:30, Saturday 09:00 - 17:00, Sunday 10:00 - 16:00
  • Specsavers Gillingham 137 High St, Gillingham ME7 1AQ 01634 583350 
    Monday - Friday 09:00 - 17:30, Saturday 09:00 - 17:00, Sunday 10:00 - 16:00
  • Specsavers Hempstead Valley Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre, ME7 3PB 01634 541241 
    Monday - Friday 09:00 - 20:00, Saturday 09:00 - 19:00, Sunday 10:00 - 16:00
  • Specsavers Strood 58 High St, Rochester ME2 4AR 01634 541341 
    Monday - Friday 09:00 - 17:30, Saturday 09:00 - 17:00, Sunday 10:00 - 16:00
  • Dumpton Park Nissan 193 Ramsgate Rd, Broadstairs CT10 2EW 01843 863531
    Monday - Friday 08:30 - 18:00, Saturday 08:30 - 17:00
  • Discount Tile and Bathroom Warehouse 45-49 Burch Rd Gravesend DA11 9NE 01474 533321
    Monday - Friday 8:30 - 17:00, Saturday 8:30 - 16:30, Sunday 10:00 - 14:00
  • Garden X Old Thanet Way, Chestfield, Whitstable CT5 3JD 01227 931131
    Monday - Saturday 09:00 - 17.30, Sunday 10:00 - 16:00
  • RCH Care Homes Park View Care Centre, Field View, Kingsnorth, Ashford TN23 3NZ 01233 527566 
    Monday - Friday 09:30 - 17:00
  • Hendy Peugeot & Vauxhall Tonbridge Tudeley Lane, Tonbridge TN11 0QN 01732 373366 
    Monday - Friday 08:30 - 18:00, Saturday 08:30 - 17:00, Sunday 10:00 - 16:00
  • The Mall Pad's Hill, Maidstone ME15 6AT 01622 691130
    Monday - Friday 09:00 - 18:00, Saturday 09:00 - 17:30, Sunday 10:30 - 16:30
  • Bargain Warehouse Unit 7, Park Farm Industrial Estate, Folkestone CT19 5FG
    Monday - Saturday 09:00 - 18:00, Sunday 10:00 - 16:00


When does the campaign run till?

The campaign started at the beginning of July and runs until Friday 9th August. The Monday after we will spend the donation cash and ensure that by the end of that week, all our food banks have had a visit from the kmfm Street Team, presenters and partners. Tins delivered after this time we can't guarantee will make their way to the food bank.


Can I donate after the campaign?

Afraid not. Last year we had to organise almost 7 tonnes of tins which is about 160,000 tins so the logistics of this task are huge for a local radio station. So if you can help and stick to the deadline for delivery, that would be super helpful.


When can I have my shop sent to kmfm?

You can send your food shop to kmfm Monday - Friday between 0830 and 1700 - please put on the delivery notes "kmfm Tonnes of Tins" and let us know your name!


What food banks are you supporting?

Last year we supported over 20 food banks and this year we are planning to try and beat that. We are promising that at least 1 food bank in each kmfm area will be represented but until we start to see quantities of food coming in, we won't "lock down" the list.


Do you only accept tins?

Ideally, we would like tins of beans, pasta, veg etc because they are the best value for money but last year we had bags of pasta, rice, cereals etc so long-life food items that are not perishable. 


Do you want anything other than food?

Last year some people donated shower gels and shampoos but ideally we would like to keep it food items.


Does food need to be within the best before?

Yes.


Can I donate fresh food?

No, sorry!


What do you do with the money from Just Giving?

We have a really exciting phone book! We get the best deals with suppliers and supermarkets to make the most of the money donated. We will purchase as many tins as possible!


Can I bring the food in to meet the DJs?

Of course! Come and say hi! Whether you have been collecting as a school, at home, office or small business, we would love to meet you!
 

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