At this time of year we’re beginning to think of Christmas and spending money on our nearest and dearest. So please spare a thought for those who are finding it hard to make ends meet this Christmas. The Joseph Rowntree Foundation estimates that 14 million people live in poverty in the UK – over one in five of the population. This is made up of eight million working-age adults, four million children and 1.9 million pensioners. 8 million of these live in families where at least one person is in work.
I know we’re all feeling the pinch these days, but if everyone who can afford to could donate one or two items per week to the food bank, it would make a huge difference to struggling people this Christmas and beyond.
Here are some suggestions:
|Cereal + Christmas non-perishable items||11th November|
|Soup + Packet of stuffing or gravy granules for Christmas||18th November|
|Pasta +chocolate or treats for Christmas||25th November|
|Rice + Christmas pudding||2nd December|
|Tinned tomatoes/Pasta Sauce + custard or sauce
|Lentils, beans pulses + biscuits or mince pies
|Fruit Juice||23rd December|
|Tinned meat||6th January|
|Tinned vegetables||13th Janury|
|UHT Milk||3rd February|
|Rice pudding||10th February|