This year I’m taking part in #Foodbankadvent again with other UK Money Bloggers and I’d love you to join in! This is a reverse advent calendar – where each day you add an item to donate to the foodbank. I’m doing this throughout November, ready to donate the first week of December. This ensures it can be distributed to people in need in time for Christmas.
Food banks can be a lifeline for those in need. While donations are needed all year round, Christmas can add extra pressure. Families who normally receive free school dinners have to find extra food during the holidays. The cold weather means increased fuel costs and this can mean buying basic essentials like food and toiletries becomes more difficult.
From 1st April 2017 to 31st March 2018, The Trussell Trust’s foodbanks gave out 1,332,952 three day emergency food supplies to people in crisis. And 484,026 of these were to children.
Where To Donate Your Reverse Advent Calendar
The Trussell Trust has 420 foodbanks across the UK and you can find your local one on their website. Most big supermarkets also collect donations, and even my local bank does!
What To Donate
I would definitely recommend contacting your local foodbank or checking their website to see what items they have the biggest need for. It’s lovely that people want to donate festive treats like mince pies, but foodbanks tend to get lots of these items around Christmas and they quickly go out of date. If you’re going to buy products specifically to donate, just do a quick check to see what would be most useful.
Personally I am going for a mixture of items, just like last year. I had a quick look on my local foodbank’s website and discovered they have tons of beans and pasta, but really need tinned fruit and veg, UHT milk, coffee, rice pudding and tinned meat & fish.
So, I’ll be including all of these items, along with some sanitary products, pet food, toiletries and a few treats.
Things To Consider When Donating
- Check what your local foodbank really needs.
- Not everyone has access to a cooker so instant noodles, or soups that only need a kettle are always useful.
- Pets need food too!
- Check Use By Dates and try to include things with a long shelf life.
- Toiletries and sanitary items are also needed – not just food.
- If you want your donation to be distributed by Christmas, get it in early.