Reverse Advent for Foodbanks

In Homes across the County, cardboard doors are being opened in the traditional countdown to Christmas. While some are looking forward to gifts many families and children will be anticipating another bleak Christmas. In County Durham over 29,000 families have had to seek emergency food parcels this year.

Therefore, others are choosing to reverse things this advent – with a calendar which gives back. The idea is simple; instead of opening the door to a chocolate or picture, you do the giving.

People put aside a donation each day of advent, so at the end there is a collection of goods ready to drop off to a Food Bank. You could have your own box at home, or maybe at work with colleagues or in your local pub – use your imagination where you collect. We will arrange to collect boxes and have a central drop-off point early in the New Year

For more information please contact by email, either: Chris Turner   or Hannah Walter

List of essential items for Food Bank collections

Please do not include fresh or perishable items in your donations. As a guide the following items are the most essential and enable a nutritionally balanced food parcel to be prepared:

  • Cereal
  • Tinned Soup
  • Pasta
  • Rice
  • Tinned tomatoes/ pasta sauce
  • Baked beans & tinned spaghetti
  • Tinned meat & tinned fish
  • Tinned vegetables
  • Tea/coffee
  • Tinned fruit
  • Biscuits
  • UHT milk
  • Long-life Fruit juice
  • Chocolate

As well as food, if you wish to provide non-food items to support a family then the most helpful items include:

  • Toiletries – deodorant, toilet paper, shower gel, shaving gel, shampoo, soap, toothbrushes, tooth paste, hand wipes
  • Household items – laundry liquid detergent, laundry powder, washing up liquid
  • Feminine products – sanitary towels and tampons
  • Baby supplies – nappies, baby wipes and baby food.