Christmas is a difficult time for many people. As well as not being able to afford gifts, many simply cannot even feed their families/themselves.
Please donate just a couple of things from your shopping trolley and it could make so much difference. As well as the usual tinned and dried goods such as sugar, tinned rice pudding, tinned fruit, sponge puddings, Christmas puddings, packets of custard, tinned spaghetti, tinned pies, jars of coffee (small), instant mashed potato, jars of jam, jars of pickle, tinned ham, tinned salmon, packet of wrapped chocolate, selection boxes (of biscuits and chocolates), Christmas cake, UHT milk, breakfast juices, savoury items (e.g. pringles, nuts and raisins, crisps) (all with reasonable sell by dates into the new year) you might like to consider some of the following:
This is self-explanatory, and always necessary.
Sanitary towels and tampons
When someone goes to the food bank, they’ll often pick up for the whole household, but “feminine hygiene products" are an awkward thing to say that you’re short of. If you’re at the point where you can’t afford food, chances are that you’re not going to be able to afford sanitary products either.
“There are all kinds of people who don’t have these, especially women who’ve been relocated because of domestic abuse.
Parents with children of all ages go to food banks. Some of the most stark cases are women who have literally just given birth and haven’t got anything, and are really struggling as well as being a new mum. Disposable nappies/pull up pants of all sizes are therefore greatly appreciated (especially size 2).
Toiletries (shampoo, shower gel, deodorant)
Shaving gels and foams are also welcome. Disposable razors are welcomed.
Baby food is another item that many people don’t think to include on their list of donations to food banks. Well, now you know.
Please can we ask, where possible, you donate ring pull cans as it makes it a lot easier for recipients.