Christmas at a Foodbank

Christmas is a busy time for a foodbank. Because of the holiday, there may be an increase in referrals. However, local organisations and local people are pulling together to support us.

To name a few organisations: Maidwell School staff have donated financially; Travelsphere is organising a collection, and Joules are donating food after a collection from their amazing staff. RedRow has donated to support our Health and Safety training and help to protect our volunteers’ backs with all of those heavy bags.

See below for the Red Row article in the Harborough Mail:

For the first time this year, we have a reverse advent calendar, which means donating instead of receiving those lovely morsels of chocolate. We received our first reverse advent bag following our Facebook post before December even started. Thank you to those of you who are taking part. If you would like to put the small bags of Christmas sweets and treats into a donation point straight away, please do so. Then children can have the treats for Christmas. However, I know that most children would appreciate chocolate coins at any time of year!

Taste Harborough has organised a raffle with 50% of the profits going to the Jubilee Foodbank. They will be delivering a food shop of our most needed items in the new year. Taste Harborough is a group of people who support local independent shops in many different ways. See their social media pages for more details. Buy a ticket from Blend Coffee & Cakes, Classic Crepes Harb, Aldwinckles Coffee House, Refill Revolution or Canvas Cafe.

Nationally, foodbanks need help. Please keep donating to your nearest foodbank. I have seen a bit of a pattern when reading about foodbanks. Most are inundated with baked beans and pasta. Our stock room is steadily ticking over with these items so we are not drowning in beans at the moment! However, please check a foodbank’s list before donating, if at all possible. All foodbanks want to give people a range of food so they let their donors know what they need so that this can be achieved. It’s always worth double checking. Currently, we have a need for packets of mashed potato.

Also, a national pattern is the dip in donations in January and February. Remember, a foodbank is not just for Christmas…or Harvest. Please consider fund raising and collections in March or during the Summer months too. I am sure that your local foodbank will appreciate it.

The Jubilee Foodbank is a little different to some other national foodbanks. Our volunteers deliver to agencies rather than have people come to us. Because of this, we do not have a place that is accessible to the public to deliver donations. Please use our donation points or arrange a collection for a larger donation.

Our volunteers are busy collecting, sorting or delivering almost every week day apart from the bank holidays. Thank you to our volunteers and thank you for your donations and support. Without you, the foodbank could not keep helping people in need of food.

We may be a little longer getting back to you during the Christmas holidays. Please be patient as our volunteers take a break over the bank holidays. Larger collections may need to be made from mid-January.

Christmas is a busy time for many of us. May your preparations be calm and joyful.

Happy Christmas from the Jubilee Foodbank Team!

Liz Mills, Chairperson, Jubilee Foodbank Management Committee

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