Last Christmas the UK Money Blogger community championed a wonderful cause. We all took part in the campaign and promoted the Reverse Advent Calendar and encouraged our readers to take part as well. SO many of us took part and even more of our audience took part as well. The impact on food going to our local food banks was huge. So we have decided to run the same campaign again this year.
What is the reverse advent calendar?
Rather than the traditional opening of a door every day and taking a chocolate or beauty item, the reverse calendar adds a food item to a basket/bag every day for a whole month. I like to create a big food hamper packed with essential groceries. You are giving a months worth of items rather than consuming the yourself.
Now is a great time to start
Food banks obviously need food all the time, but its going to be more helpful to them to get the food to them early December. This gives them plenty of time to organise their Christmas food bundles.
What Should I include in my Reverse Advent Calendar?
Every food bank has different requirements for food so why not drop them a line to ask what food they might be short of. Or these food items are always welcome. Grocery products with a longer shelf life, so tins of soup, beans, vegetables, spaghetti. Packet pasta and noodles are a great option as many people only have a kettle and no hob cooking equipment. Packets of nuts and dried fruit are a good idea. Don’t put too many festive chocolate items as it is the essentials and nutritious food that is needed.
Toiletries are nearly always very much needed, toothpaste, shampoo, toothbrushes, tampons and sanitary towels, toilet roll, nappies and baby wipes. Maybe if you do buy one get one free pop the freebie into the food bank donation. Don’t forget pet food as well, often an item that food banks are short of.
Start as soon as possible
I have started my food parcel already and will be sharing our progress throughout the month of November. I would love to see as many of you readers getting involved as possible. Please do share pictures on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Tag me to let me know how you are doing and use the #foodbankadvent. I can’t wait to see all of your pictures.
When you have collected you items drop off to the Food Bank Collection Point
We have so many food bank collection points in out village, you will find them in churches, schools and in all the supermarkets. Or contact your local food bank and ask them the best place to drop off your bundle of donations.