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  • Still Time to Catch up with a Foodbank Reverse Advent Calendar!

    Created: 04/12/2018, Updated: 05/12/2018

    If you would like to help your local food bank, how about collecting for them using a Reverse Advent Calendar? It’s a great way to show your children that Christmas is a time for giving, not just getting, and help out a good cause at the same time.

    Extra demand at Christmas for food banks

    School holidays are often difficult for families on low incomes, having to feed their children who would have been getting free school meals. At Christmas the problem is worse, with the extra heating costs.

    And this year thousands of people applying for Universal Credit for the first time will have to get through the waiting period at the start. Even if they can get an advance payment during this time, it will only be half of what they should have, forcing them to choose between food, heating, paying the rent and getting into debt.

    Foodbanks do their best to fill this gap. December is their busiest month of the year, with 45% more referrals from CABs, Job Centres, GPS and Social Services during the two weeks before Christmas. More than 90% of the food Trussell Trust distributes comes from donations from the public.

    What is a Reverse Advent Calendar?

    With an Advent Calendar, you open a window each day from 01 December  to Christmas Day and get a reward, like a piece of chocolate.

    You make a donation a day in a Reverse Advent Calendar. Get an empty box, then put one item for your local food bank into it every day. You could do this for 25 days to mirror the advent calendar – or perhaps for a whole month, or whatever works for you, your workplace club or group.

    Want to ask your local foodbank what they need? You can find your local foodbank by clicking here.

    You can also check out some ideas on this calendar.

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