We’ve not even tiptoed past Halloween yet, but the seasonal monster is already paramount in many people’s thoughts, Christmas is coming, and rather disgracefully for one of the richest countries in the world, this year fear will turn to putting food on the table, not buying presents.
Increased demand for food banks during winter and Christmas
Growing up in a one parent household money was tight, sitting here as an adult thinking of the pressure my mum was under at Christmas is upsetting, however we weren’t spoilt kids, there was always plenty of food on the table and we had a lot more than some.
Families across the UK are reaching out to food banks more and more during school holidays as parents struggle to feed their children, who would normally receive free meals when at school.
It’s a sad state of affairs when something as simple as a school holiday can put such tremendous strain on a family.
When winter strikes the problem gets much worse as heating costs start to increase and the dark nights draw in, and it’s at this time in particular when food banks struggle to meet the demand.
Nobody should have to worry about putting food on the table at Christmas, so along with the other UK Money Bloggers, this year I’m taking part in The Reverse Advent Calendar.
Why I’m doing the reverse advent calendar and you should too
We’re all familiar with the traditional advent calendar.
You open the door daily and grab your chocolate for breakfast between 1st December and Christmas day until you’ve completed all 25 days – the Reverse Advent Calendar works slightly different.
You grab yourself a box and add something that your local food bank will desperately need to it daily until you’ve got 25 items.
If you’re feeling extra generous you could do it for a whole month.
The items you donate will ensure that nobody in your local area goes without food and the basics this Christmas, it’s something you can get the kids involved in too, to show them Christmas is for giving as much as receiving.
I’m starting in November to make sure the food is donated in time for the Christmas rush, however, don’t let dates and timescales put you off, your local food bank needs donations all year, especially throughout the winter.
What does you local food bank need?
The Trussell Trust has put together a guide of the most needed items at your local food bank, check out What’s in a food parcel to give you an idea.
Long life items such as tinned and dried food is high on the priority list, just make sure there is a few months left before the use by date.
Kids love chocolate and treats at Christmas, so maybe you could involve your little angels in adding some to your parcel, but anything you donate will be greatly received.
How do I find my local food bank?
You can find your local Trussell Trust food bank on this map.
If you don’t have one local to you, your local council or Citizen’s Advice may have details of other local food banks in your area.
Come and join me!
At a time of year when we overindulge to the max, shouldn’t we all be taking a look in the mirror and thinking of those less fortunate?
Taking part in the Reverse Advent Calendar will cost you buttons in the grand scheme of things, however, you could quite literally make someone’s Christmas by helping to make sure nobody goes without food and basics this year.
Please, please, do your bit and join us in making this campaign a huge success!
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