Donate Goods, Food, or Clothing

When you donate goods, food or clothing to The Whitechapel Mission, you impact the lives of the poor and homeless in London. This year, our donors and volunteers helped The Whitechapel Mission provide more than 100,000 breakfasts, 34,000 bags of groceries, and 45,300 articles of clothing to men and women in desperate need of help. We rely on donated food and clothing to meet these important needs.

We do not operate charity shops! Anything donated to the Whitechapel Mission will be given directly to people who are homeless.

We gratefully accept donations seven days a week at 212 Whitechapel Road, London E1 1BJ (Click here for directions to The Whitechapel Mission). It is always helpful to call ahead. We do not typically pick up donations, but if you are having difficulty delivering your donation, please call Jenny Hughes on 03000111400 to inquire about a pick-up or book a collection on-line.

Some basic guidelines:

  • Food - Non-perishable, bulk, and staple items (dry and canned) are best, but we are usually able to accept even prepared foods, as long as it is fresh with the packaging intact.
  • Clothing - Clean, new and gently used clothing of all types is helpful. Large sizes are especially helpful. We are always in need of new underwear/t-shirts and socks, new and gently used jeans and shoes, and professional clothing for those looking for work or re-entering the workforce. In the winter, we are especially in need of warm outerwear: coats, jackets, hats, gloves, and scarves.
  • Special items of clothing - Why not sell it on ebay? Earn a bit. Give a bit. Everyone benefits
    When you're selling, the real beauty of eBay for Charity is that there's something for everyone - yourself included. You decide exactly what percentage of your final selling price you'd like to give to The Whitechapel Mission, and what percentage you'd like for yourself.
    Every time you list an item for the Whitechapel Mission, you'll get a fee credit on your basic insertion and final value fees equal to the percentage you donate. So if you donate 50% of your selling price to a charity, eBay will waive 50% of your fees
  • Toiletries - new razors, toothbrushes, soap, toothpaste, deodorant, hand cream, shampoo. Many of our community members will come though our doors each morning looking to have a wash, clean their teeth and a shave. More than 75 people a day will want to have a shower and choose clean clothing.
  • Linens - We are always in need of bath towels, hand towels, face cloths, twin-size sheets and blankets, and sleeping bags.
  • Furniture - We cannot accept furniture, as we simply do not have the storage space.

If you are considering a food or clothing drive at your congregation, organization, workplace or school, please let us know. We will work with you to launch a successful drive.

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Our Impact in 2020

  • Over 2,850 volunteers, offering over 20,930 hours of their time.

  • New figures reveal that 16,134 people were found sleeping rough on any given night in England in 2018/19, an increase of 32% on the previous year.

  • Figures reveal that 8,096 people were found sleeping rough on any given night in London in 2018/19, an increase of 7% on the previous year.

  • Rough sleeping in England has now increased by 250% since 2010

  • 24% of rough sleepers have been on the streets for 2 years or more.

  • 173,945 breakfasts served during this year, an average of 474 a day.

  • 7,925 different people used our services during this year.

  • 1,924 people used our advice services during the past year. 439 were women.

  • 24% of people using our services are under 26 years of age.

  • 6 people use the Whitechapel Mission's address to receive their post.

  • 32 people were helped to find employment

  • 17 were referred to drug or alcohol programmes.

  • 193 people received help in claiming benefits.

  • 32% of people using our services have been in care at some point.

  • 15% of people supported by the Whitechapel Mission have been in the armed services.

  • 48 people found permanent accomodation, either a flat or apartment. 426 people found a hostel during this year.

  • 19 birth certificates purchased during this year.

  • 98 people came to us without any form of ID at all.

  • 17,387 showers during this year.

  • 38% of people using our services have been in prison.



We have staff available to receive your donations and help unload your vehicle on weekdays from 6am until 4pm


We have staff available to receive your donations and help unload your vehicle on weekends from 6am until noon. We would always recommend letting us know you plan to deliver at the weekend.

Other Times

If it is not convenient to deliver during these hours, please ring the office on 03000111400 and we can give you todays access code for the door.

Please do not attempt to make your delivery outside of these hours without arranging it with us in advance. Items left on our doorstep will never get to us.

Our Current Needs

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What we are short of, what we are desperately short of, what we have enough of and what we have an abundance of.

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