1st November 2017
Why not use the season of Advent to help Isle of Man Foodbank spread some Christmas cheer?
Isle of Man Foodbank today announced the launch of the Reverse Advent Calendar campaign for 2017. It builds on last year’s success, when a post on Facebook by a supporter snowballed into a major project raising food donations for the work of Foodbank here on the Isle of Man. The idea is that you put aside an item a day throughout Advent, and then donate to Foodbank in the run-up to Christmas. Last December the donations helped us to spread some Christmas cheer to our clients, and also to restock our shelves to take us through to the summer.
During 2017 we have experienced times of both plenty and of almost bare shelves. It can be quite tricky to get the balance right at times. For this reason we would like to encourage our supporters to focus on specific items. In particular we have a very healthy supply of pasta, soup and baked beans – enough to see us right through 2018! Longlife meat and fish – and vegetarian and vegan alternatives – are always in shorter supply. Moreover we find that a small cash donation will help us to buy what is really needed in those leaner times. It also helps us to manage more effectively the challenge of expiry dates and make the most of the generosity of the great Manx public.
Our Advent hand-in date this year is Tuesday 19th December, which will give us time to sort and distribute Christmas parcels.
Please make sure that food donations are unopened and within its “Best Before” date. Many thanks for your help and support, which makes all our work possible.
Reverse Advent Calendar – poster available to download
Reverse Advent suggestions – suggestions for items to get you started on your Advent box