Nourish Community Foodbank is launching its new 12 days of Christmas campaign in partnership with social action organisation Imago.
As in previous years, the idea behind the 12 Days of Christmas campaign is that people collect an essential foodbag item each day for the first 12 days in December. This is then donated to Nourish to provide a meal to someone in Christmas crisis in the Tunbridge Wells and south Tonbridge area. Last year Nourish provided 169 Christmas foodbags, a 31% increase on 2017.
Christmas is always Nourish Community Foodbank’s busiest week of the year. “All year round we work with over 115 front-line organisations to help people get over a little bump in the road. Their referral to us means we can make sure nobody goes without,” explains Operations Manager Dawn Stanford. “The festive period magnifies how difficult it can be to make ends meet. We really rely on the goodwill of people in our community to make sure our clients have something on their table on Christmas Day.”
“The difference a donation makes to people is unbelievable. Last year we had a referral for two teenage girls who were unexpectedly bereaved. They had no extended family and had been surviving for several weeks with limited food,” says Dawn. “We were able to step in, fill their cupboards with food essentials and, thanks to offers of help from some of our wonderful long-term supporters, we could make sure they had a Christmas Day meal without having to worry about food.”
In a first for this year, Nourish is partnering with Imago, which is kindly providing the use of their Crescent Road shop for people to drop in their donations. “We are delighted to support the Nourish 12 Days of Christmas campaign. As a social action organisation we are committed to making a difference in our local community. Making our shop available to collect donations showcases social action in practice,” says Jon Weller, Director of Development, Business Development in Imago’s Community Team.
With only a few weeks to go until Christmas, Nourish is asking individuals and local schools, churches and businesses to get involved.
Suggested items for the collection include tinned soup, fish, tomatoes and potatoes, family bags of rice plus curry sauce, toilet roll, toiletries, long-life milk, coffee a Christmas treat plus a bag for life to allow foodbags to be delivered to people in need. At the moment Nourish has around 9 months’ supply of pasta, so there’s no need to donate.
“We’re quite unique as we deliver our foodbags. Partly this is because we cover a large area, across the whole of Tunbridge Wells borough and South Tonbridge,” says Dawn. “With 1 in 8 of our bags (13%) going to victims of domestic abuse and 10% to people who are sick, our delivery service ensures no-one who needs our help misses out.”
The Imago shop on Crescent Road, opposite the Hotel du Vin, will be open from 12-5pm on the 12th-15th December to allow shoppers and visitors to drop off small 12 Days of Christmas collections. Larger donations can be dropped off at any time at the Big Yellow Self Storage on Longfield Road until the 18th December.
As an alternative, making a £3 donation is enough to buy someone in need a foodbag meal over the Christmas period. Text FOOD £3 to 70085 to donate
To find out all the different ways to support Nourish Community Foodbank please visit Nourish Community Foodbank HERE.