This year I am joining in with a great bunch of people who are all part of the 'UK Money Bloggers’, in #FoodbankAdvent which is a ‘reverse advent’ to collect food for our local Foodbanks. Find out all about it and how you can join us too!
What is a Reverse Advent
A Reverse Advent is when you ‘give’ something each day as opposed to receiving something.
Reverse Advents normally take place in December, however, this Reverse Advent will be taking place between 1-25 November (although you could choose your own schedule). The reason for the earlier start is to allow Foodbanks time to receive and sort the donations ready for distribute in the run up to the Christmas Holiday, although they will still need donations to distribute after Christmas.
|“Winter is just a much harder time for people living in poverty, especially if they’re on pre-payment meters for their gas and electricity. A lot of people end up making choices between eating and heating their home.” – quote taken from The Trussell Trust Website|
The Trussell Trust
The UK Money Bloggers have chosen The Trussell Trust as their Charity for 2017 but, if you are joining us, and don’t have a Trussell Trust Foodbank nearby, please donate to your local one.
According to their website, The Trussell Trust currently have 427 Foodbanks across the UK. The Foodbank works on a referral system, where care professionals like Doctors or Health Visitors, issue vouchers to individuals or families in crisis. This allows them to collect a minimum of 3 days’ emergency food.
|In 2016/17, we gave 1,182,954 three day emergency food supplies to people in crisis. Of this number, 436,938 went to children. Stats from The Trussell Trust Website|
Where is my local Trussell Trust Foodbank?
The Trussell Trust have a handy page on their website which makes it very easy for you to search for Trussell Trust Foodbanks in your local area.
Which foods should I donate?
Each Foodbank has a list of foods that they accept for donations. It is also advisable to check the list of ‘urgently required’ items. For example, my local Foodbank is currently short of the items listed below, so these will be the items I will collect during the Reverse Advent.
• Tinned fruit
• Tinned vegetables
• Pasta sauce
• UHT milk (1 litre)
• Fruit juice
• Rice pudding
• Tinned meat & Fish
|The latest stats show that the number one reason for needing to use a foodbank is due to a low income. Closely followed by benefit delays. – taken from The Trussell Trust website|
It’s not just food they want!
Although they primarily ask for food donations, if you are in a money crisis you are likely to struggle with buying other necessities too. Items like toilet roll, feminine hygiene, shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant etc are all welcomed.
I can’t get to a Foodbank to deliver my donation, does this mean I can’t join in?
No! Check your local supermarket. Many of these have a collection point. However, I wouldn't recommend you walking in to the Supermarket with a month's worth of goods! It would be much better if you donated something each time you go. For example, if you go once per week, just pop in 7 items each time.
|In 2016/17 over 40,000 people volunteered with The Trussell Trust – taken from The Trussell Trust website|
How do I Join in?
I hope I have provided you with enough information on this event and it would be lovely if you could join us. All you need to do is grab yourself a box and put one item in it per day between 1-25 November. Then donate it to your local Foodbank.
Myself and bloggers from around the UK will be sharing our progress across social media. If you would like to follow me you can find me on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. We will also be using the hashtag #FoodbankAdvent so you will be able to find all the tweets, status updates and images easily.
There is a brilliant post here on the ‘UK Money Bloggers’ website all about this event, if you want to read more about it.
Supermarket Own Brand Goods are ok to Donate
One last thing from me, I was chatting with a friend, telling her all about the Reverse Advent for Foodbanks that I was joining in with. She told me that she would love to join in but wouldn’t be able to as she couldn’t afford to buy branded goods! I have to say I was quite shocked by this. I told her that she didn’t need to buy branded goods and that Supermarket Own Brands were more than acceptable. In fact, that’s what I will be donating. After all, it’s exactly what I feed my own family on.
I will leave you with a picture of my collection box, decorated with the UK Money Blogger’s logo and The Trussell Trust logo. Of course, you don’t need to decorate your box, any empty box or even a bag will do. Just be careful when it comes to delivery time.
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