The festive season is fast approaching us, and it’s a time when we find ourselves splurging out.
But at a time when the thought of giving to another is at a high, there are more ways than one in which you can help.
Often the best way to help in a meaningful and practical way is to make a donation to a food bank. After all, it’s only a few extra items in your supermarket trolley.
The staples of a food bank’s standard food parcel are tins and dried food – many a grateful recipient is given pasta and canned tomatoes to see them through an emergency situation.
But there are other items that are equally as important, but perhaps not donated as often.
Many food banks across Nottinghamshire are run by the Trussell Trust – a charity which aims to end food poverty.
Nigel Wesbter, manager at the Bestwood and Bulwell bank, said items needed in the run-up to Christmas should be similar to “what you would expect to have around you on Christmas”.
- Toiletries: deodorant, toilet paper, shower gel, shaving gel, shampoo, conditioner, soap, toothbrushes, tooth paste, hand wipes
- Household items: laundry liquid detergent, laundry powder, washing up liquid, tea towels
- Feminine products: sanitary towels and tampons
- Baby supplies: nappies, baby wipes, clothing, and baby food
- Mince pies
- Advent calendars/selection boxes for children
- Pasta, rice, pasta sauce
- Blankets to keep people warm
- Tinned fruit
- Colouring books and crayons
The Trussell Trust food banks across Nottinghamshire are at:
- Varney Road, Clifton
- Arkwright Street, Nottingham City Centre
- Boundary Road, Beeston
- Knights Close, Top Valley
- Mansfield Road, Daybrook
- College Street, Long Eaton
- Barnbygate, Newark
- New Ollerton, Newark
- Church Street, Mansfield Woodhouse
- Daybrook Baptist Church, Arnold
Mark Ward, interim chief executive at the Trussell Trust, said: “For many, this Christmas will not be a time for celebration.
“Every year we see a spike in demand at Christmas but this year food banks are expecting their busiest Christmas ever.
“At Christmas food banks will be working hard to provide not only those regular essentials, like pasta and cereal, but also little extras that offer hope at a time when people need it most.”
Check with a food bank near you what they specifically need, as from area to area items needed slightly differ.
Thanks to the Nottingham Post for this story – see the original here.
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