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Donating to a foodbank this Christmas? Things to know

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Things to remember when donating

While foodbanks are open all year round, we tend to donate heartily around Christmas to help those less fortunate tide over the winter months. A donation at Christmas can mean all the difference to those struggling during the festive period. If you’re interested in donating to a local foodbank, there are a few things to remember: 

  • Every foodbank will have a list of items that are heavily sought after; you can contact them directly to find out just what they need. 
  • Not every foodbank has the facilities to provide fresh food, so make sure you check with them first before donating. 
  • While some who use foodbanks will welcome a donation for their pet, not every foodbank accepts pet food. 
  • Often, many struggle with more than just food in their day-to-day lives.  Many foodbanks are now accepting non-food items and welcome toiletries, feminine products and household items. Remember to make sure what’s accepted first. 
  • If you’re donating baby supplies (nappies, wipes, baby food) remember that foodbanks cannot distribute baby formula due to UNICEF regulations. 
  • Often foodbanks will not hand out items that are alcoholic. This can include Christmas puddings and mince pies, so check their contents carefully to avoid waste. 
  • Many who use foodbanks will have allergies or dietary requirements, it would be beneficial to donate items that are lactose free or vegetarian or vegan alternatives. 
  • While donating bulk items such as rice and oats are incredibly appreciated, it is likely some such as working mothers don’t have the time to cook up meals from scratch, so pre-measured instant packages wouldn’t go amiss. 
  • If you’re making a donation, you can include cereal, pasta, rice, beans, tinned items (vegetables, fruit, sauces, meat), tea/coffee, fruit juice or UHT milk.  This list is not exhaustive, so make sure to check with your local foodbank what they accept. 
  • While you may be tempted to donate food items you have lying around and will never use, make sure they are in-date. 

You don’t have to donate much, even just a few items will be appreciated.  Check with your local foodbank today to donate or organise a collection – help make someone’s Christmas.

READ more: Renfrewshire foodbank granted additional funds

About Emma Arthurs

As Head of Digital for the Clyde Outside, Emma is hoping to put her love of all things Internet - whether it's blogging, coding or gaming - to good use. Definitely put the gaming to good use. Her work as Head of Digital and Deputy Editor for the Clyde Insider in her first year helped garner their commendation at the SSJA Awards 2018.

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