It doesn't feel that the smells of mixed spice and the present frenzi were even that long ago, but yet another Christmas is upon us. Many Christmas traditions often revolve around indulgence, presents and let's face it excess. I love a new experience and supporting children's learning so here is a great idea to share. Why not have a 'Reverse advent calendar'. It is a lovely and nourishing gesture. The idea is to get an empty box and put one item for your local food bank into it every day. You could do this for 24 days, a week, two weeks or even a whole month. It’s a great way to show children that Christmas is also about giving. They could decorate the box, choose an item, do a chore for an item, ask a family member to donate or simply encourarge and share the idea with their friends. It's your decision on how involved they could be and It’s a way of helping people in need. You can't just walk into a food bank and collect food, you have to be referred by a local professional who will supply them with a voucher. Don’t fall for all the clever marketing ploys this year, instead of spending on excess put a little money towards helping the less fortunate.
Some suggestions for a food donation box (Non perishables)
-Tinned soups -Tinned meats
-Tinned vegetables -Tinned fruit
-Breakfast cereal -Rice
-Pasta -Toilet roll
-Sanitary products -Tea
*Chocolate advent calendars are not recommended items. As they often arrive too late and also create unrealistic hopes and expectations about Christmas Day*
Your reverse calendar can cost from £5 -£20. It completely depends on your budget. Something to bear in mind is that Christmas eve falls on a Tuesday this year and most food banks will have distributed out to families beforehand. So if your making your box for the Christmas period check with your nearest food bank for timings. There is a significant drop in donations in January so making one for the New year will still help emmensely.
If you live in the Falmouth/Penryn area you can donate to The Trussell Trust Food Bank at the Highway Community centre, Church Road, Penryn, TR10 8DA 01326 618575. Open most Mondays 11-1pm and Thursdays 2-4pm.