With our modern, fast-paced lives, it’s sometimes easy to forget that there are many families going hungry. With lots of families struggling to make ends meet & relying on free school meals, the school holidays in particular can be really tough! Finding the funds to feed hungry children isn’t always easy and many families find themselves relying on foodbanks just to survive. This is terrible at any time of year, but at Christmas it’s even worse.
With this in mind, this year’s UK Money Bloggers Christmas campaign will be a Reverse Advent Calendar in support of the Trussel Trust.
Who are the Trussel Trust?
The Trussell Trust runs a network of over 400 foodbanks, giving emergency food and support to people in crisis across the UK, where thirteen million people live below the poverty line. In the last year we gave 1,182,954 three day emergency food supplies to people in crisis. (https://www.trusselltrust.org/)
This is a fabulous cause, they work incredibly hard and help out thousands of people who would otherwise go hungry.
What is a Reverse Advent Calendar & how can you get involved?
The idea is that every day, for 25 days, you add one food item to a box. At the end of the 25 days, you then deliver your box to your local foodbank.
Unlike a traditional advent calendar where you’d do this throughout December, it’d be fab if we could do this for 25 days in November! That way, you can deliver your box to your local foodbank in the first week of December, giving them plenty of time to distribute the boxes before Christmas.
You can find your local Trussel Trust foodbank here. Also, it’s worth bearing in mind that some foodbanks only operate a couple of days a week, it’s definitely worth checking this in advance and planning when you’ll make your delivery.
What to include.
The best things to include are dried and tinned foods that won’t perish quickly. Tinned fruit, tinned vegetables, cereals, dry pasta, rice and tea bags are all great ideas. If you’re including Christmas items such as chocolates and mince pies, make sure they have a long date on them. Try to include a good balance of basic essentials first though.
I’ll be taking part in this throughout November, I’ll be roping the children in to help too! If you’re going to join in, it’d be fab if you could share with the hashtag #FoodbankAdvent.
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