Foodbank Advent 

Hello Dear Reader,

It’s really tough out there for so many families and winter leaves families with stark choices of heating or eating. DB and I know what it’s like to tell the children that we have next to nothing for a Christmas and just hoped they’d get presents off other people. You can have the best money management skills in the world but you can’t manage money you haven’t got! Also, as Universal Credit is rolled out across the country, the wait time to receive it is twelve weeks. If you lost your job today and needed to apply for benefits whilst you looked for work, you wouldn’t receive a penny until well into 2018. I wish Foodbanks weren’t needed but sadly they are a part of life for families who are barely getting by.

My aim for November is to use part of my food budget each week to buy long life food items for our local foodbank. They need fruit juice, longlife milk, tinned fruit, vegetables, fish, meat products,  tinned puddings, noodles, instant mash potato, tea, coffee, toiletries, cleaning products, feminine hygiene products, packs of disposable razors, biscuits, cooking sauces and any herbs and spices with a long date on them. I’ll also try and pop in Christmas items like chocolate and cake. 

It won’t make much of a difference to our budget but it might help out some local families.

Here’s my challenge to you if you choose to take part. Can you start your reverse advent calendar to have some donations for your local foodbank to take to them by the end of November ?

Anything you can donate will help.

Over to you. Who’s on board?

Until tomorrow,

Love Froogs xxxxx


25 thoughts on “Foodbank Advent 

  1. I have collected some nice to have bits for our foodbank using my Tesco vouchers, my nearest shop. We are also doing the shoebox appeal but for our Old Peoples Home for those residents that do not have family, we are doing one male and one female.


  2. We have made a start and have taken 4 bags for life to the food bank with some of most things that we could think of for men, women and children, including cleaning products, toiletries etc as I thought that if it was me, I would want to be clean as well as fed. It was very humbling to see the people giving their time for free and seeing the well stocked shelves and some fresh fruit and veg too. I spoke to them and asked how many people had been helped,–1,600 in our area in the last 12 months what a wonderful service but also how sad that so many people are in this situation! We will continue to support them as we feel blessed to have what we have.


  3. Yes I’m in – will make an effort to give regularly to the local food bank. I am blessed and am only too aware of how lucky I am compared to many people.


  4. I donate a small something each time I go to Tesco. I have a December birthday, so does my husband, our friends’ birthdays are January and February. Last year instead of giving birthday presents each couple donated £50 worth of food to the food bank. Who needs birthday presents when families are hungry!


  5. If you come to France before Christmas, you’ll see food being collected at supermarkets – so easy just to pop a couple of items in the box at each shop. They often have a box for animal charities too.


  6. Hi Froogs,

    Great post as always.

    I volunteer at my local Food Bank as my time is more plentyful than money at the moment. It’s lovely to feel you can still help to make a difference even on a low income yourself.


  7. Hi Froogs,

    Yep, we’re in too. Did it last year and helped over 80 families in our local area. Such a good way to help those less fortunate (by the grace of God, go I) and to teach the kids, that they can do some good and help others.
    I have a budget of £1 per day (£30 for the whole month) for our donations, it doesn’t sound much, but it’s what we can afford, and I hope to be able to shop wisely and get as many tins, packets, toiletries, baby products etc as I can, hopefully some Christmas bits too.
    Thanks for the inspiration, as always. Xx


  8. Im in. Supermarkets have special bins for donations, so its so easy-shop and donate. Dont forget to donate any unwanted toiletries -declutter old presents.
    My church hosts a food bank, so I know the good it does for the whole community xx


  9. I’m in too 🙂 My church runs a pantry so I’m planning to donate there, but will also give to the supermarket collection bins if I see them. Thanks for the nudge 🙂


  10. I volunteer at our local foodbank and find many people are shocked that it should be needed in a generally affluent part of leafy Surrey.


  11. Hi, our local tescos and Morrison’s have a trolley at the checkouts so I put extras in them, my children are ATC cadets and as part of their D of E course they help out at our local food bank and homeless and family centre’s, we also do shoe box Christmas presents


  12. I’m in. We do it throughout the year but as one of our little boys advent activities I usually take a few bags of food to the food bank with them to encourage an understanding of how fortunate we are. We will deliver in the first week of December.


  13. I’m collecting for mine but going forward will set up a monthly donation of money by direct debit so they get the gift aid too. No supermarkets near me collect food only for animals which is such a shame.


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