In the last few years we have begun to hear more and more about how many people and families are having to rely on foodbanks.
In the last 12 months The Trussell Trust charity has given out over 1.3 million emergency food parcels to people in crisis in the UK, a 13 per cent increase on the previous year. Of these, nearly 484,000 went to children. That’s 484,000 children who would have otherwise gone without food.
Sadly, we can’t feed all the hungry children in Tameside and Glossop, but we are doing what we can to make a difference to some families this Christmas. That’s why the Transformation Team at the Trust have decided to set up a reverse Advent Calendar. The idea is that they, and any colleagues who want to join in, put one item in the box each day, starting on December 1, and by the time Christmas comes along they will each have donated 24 items – one for every day of Advent. Non-perishable foods and toiletries are the order of the day.
This is a complementary initiative to the Trust's existing foodbank service. As a reminder, if you are visiting the Trust at anytime and would like to contribute to our foodbank, you can do so by leaving non-perishable food products in the foodbank bins located at the north and south entrances of the Hartshead Building.