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Join our fight against food poverty this Christmas by taking part in our Reverse Advent Calendar campaign!

Christmas can be a particularly difficult time for people living in food poverty. As part of our ongoing commitment to fighting Holiday Hunger, we’ve created a Reverse Advent Calendar campaign in order to support food banks across the country in the run up to Christmas. We’d love you to get involved!

To help guide which items of food, hygiene products and toiletries to donate, we’ve created this FREE donation tracker which you can download, print and put it up in your kitchen/office (get your household or colleagues involved too!) then tick the items off one by one:

Click ‘Download’ below to get a printable version of our Reverse Advent Calendar!

The suggested items are made up of some of the most common items needed by food banks – but they are just a guide!

Please do reach out to your nearest food bank and establish if there is high demand for any particular items, establish when the last donation date before Christmas is and drop off food at the the time & location they suggest.

To help guide this nationwide effort, we’ve been in contact with food banks across the country to gather this information in order to make the campaign as effective as possible.

The table below (updated weekly) details what donations would be useful, where you should drop them off and has information on Christmas volunteering opportunities:

LocationDonation Drop Off LocationTimes for Drop OffLast Donation DateFoods NeededVolunteers Needed
North BelfastDuncrue Industrial Estate
Unit 8
2 West Bank Road
Monday Evenings 6:15-6:45pmNo Specific date but would prefer donations early in December– Custard
– Rice pudding
– Diluting juices
– Long life milk
– Rice
– Tinned fish
– Dried mash
Yes! Volunteers for the Christmas Collection on the 18-20th November (particularly someone with a van).
Just contact [email protected]
West Belfast Conway Mill Reception, 5-7 Conway Street Belfast BT13 2DE.
8am-9pm every day– Tinned fruit
– Tea bags
– UHT milk
-Breakfast cereals
– Sugar
– Toiletries
– Baby food
Birmingham – SmethwickHoly Trinity Church,
Church Hill St, Smethwick B67 7AH
Tuesday and Friday, 10-11am

Wednesday 10am-2pm
Preferably the 17th December – Pasta Sauce
– Tinned Tomatoes
– Tinned Fruit
– Rice
– Puddings
– Custard

*Can’t accept Clothing*
Birmingham – CentralBirmingham City Church, Parade,
B1 3QQ
Monday – Thursday, 10am-3pm17th December– Tin Soup
– Tin Spaghetti
– Pasta Sauce
– Cereal
– Chickpeas/Lentils
– Tinned Fish
– Rice
– Rice pudding
– Custard
– Tinned Fruit
– UHT Milk 
– Squash
– Crisps
– Noodles
Bradford NorthUnit 12, Newlands House Two,
Inspire Bradford Business Park,
BD10 0JE
Mondays, 9:30am-12:30pm– Long Life Fruit Juice
– Tinned Tomatoes
– Sponge puddings
– Crisps
– Dried Milk Powder
– UHT milk
– Biscuits
Bradford Central

Jubilee Centre, Jermyn Street, BD1 4EJ

Just behind the cathedral.


Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday
– Squash
– Puddings
– Tinned Fish
– Tinned Tomatoes
– UHT Milk
– Rice
– Tinned Soup
– Chocolate
-Toiletry Sets
– Stuffing
– Cheese Biscuits
– Christmas Pudding
– Christmas Cake
– Nuts
– Cranberry Sauce
Brighton Calvary Church Building, Stanley Road, Brighton, BN1 4NJ.Mon- Wed, 9am-5pm– Pasta
– Noodles
– Rice
– Desserts
– Coffee
– Hot Chocolate
– Shampoo
– Soap
Whitehawk – BrightonValley Social Centre,
Whitehawk Way,

Tuesdays and Wednesdays
9th December– Toiletries (e.g. shampoo, conditioner)
– Christmas items (e.g. desserts, celebration boxes)
Yes! Volunteers over New Year are very welcome. Just email [email protected] to get involved.
South and East BristolSt Mark’s Church,
College Green,
Wednesdays and Fridays, 12:30-3pm– Long Life Milk
– Chocolate
– Shampoo
– Custard
– Washing Powder/ Liquid (For Clothes)
– Tinned Vegetarian Meals
– Instant Coffee
– Long Life Juice
– Instant Mash
North Bristol Patchway Town Council, Callicroft House, Patchway, Bristol, BS34 5DQ9:30am -4:30pm
– Long Life / Uht Milk
– Tinned Potatoes
– Tinned Fruit
– Sponge Puddings
– Washing-Up Liquid
– Deodorant
– Crisps

1. Tesco Winter Collection (18th-20th November) 
2. Wrapping Christmas Hamper Boxes (29th November)
3. Making Christmas Hampers (6th December)
Unit N5, Cardiff Bay Business Centre
Titan Road
CF24 5EJ
9.30am – 1.30pm

Monday- Thursday
22nd December – UHT Milk
– Long Life Fruit Juice
– Sponge Puddings
– Tinned Tomatoes
– Jars Of Coffee (110g-250g)
– Microwaveable Rice
– Confectionery (Chocolate/Sweets)
– Savoury Snacks (Crisps, Crackers Etc)
– Rice Pudding
– Shampoo
– Deodorant

Cardiff – ValeBethany Hall, Tennyson Road, Barry, CF62 9TN9:30am- 12:30pm

Monday- Friday
23rd December– Rice Pudding
– Tinned Potatoes
– Tinned Hot Meals (e.g. curry etc)
Mid-Cheshire Mid Cheshire Foodbank Warehouse, Unit 14,
The Business Centre,
Barlow Drive,
Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9am – 12pm20th December– Dried snack meals
– Long Life Milk
-Fruit Juice
– Tinned Fruit 
– Pasta Sauce
– Tea
We are particularly looking for people to help in the warehouse, including a warehouse manager. 
CoventryProgress Way,
Binley Industrial Estate, Coventry,

Monday- Friday
23rd December – Tinned Vegetables
– Tinned Soup
– Tinned Fruit
– Packets Of Mash
– Tinned Potatoes
– Uht Long Life Milk
– Puddings
Yes! On the 18th,19th and 20th of November. Sign up here:
Edinburgh – North East19 Stewartfield

Monday -Friday
22nd December-Tins of Custard/Rice Puddings
-Tins of meat
-UHT Milk
-Sweet and Savoury Snacks
– Biscuits
-Shower Gel
Edinburgh – South East Blythswood Care,
47 Southhouse
EH17 8AS

Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays
23rd December– UHT milk
– Tinned meat
Glasgow – South EastGlasgow Elim Church
42 Inglefield Street, Govanhill, G42 7AT
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays

10am- 12pm
13th December– Cooking Oil
– Tinned rice pudding and custard
– UHT milk
– Tinned Fish
-Tea Bags/ Coffee
– Chocolate
Leeds – South and EastLeeds South and East Foodbank,
Unit 18
Millshaw Park Avenue,
Millshaw Industrial Estate,
LS11 0LR
10am- 2pm

Monday – Thursday
Festive Items:
22nd November

All other Donations:
16th December
– UHT Milk
– Long Life Fruit Juice
– Tinned custard
– Tinned Rice Pudding
– Toilet roll
– Toiletries (shower gel, deodorant etc.)
– Tinned vegetables
– Biscuits
– Coffee

Festive items:
– Advent Calendars
– Selection boxes
– Festive biscuits
LeicesterThe Kings Centre,
56 Bull Head Street,
LE18 1PA

– UHT Fruit Juice
– Pot Noodles
– 1ltr Uht Milk
– Packet Instant Mash Potato
– Curry Sauce
– Tinned Meat
– Tinned Potatoes
– Tinned Rice Pudding
– Tinned Fruit
– Tinned Carrots
– Tinned Mixed Veg
– Soup
– Jams, Marmalade And Spreads
– Feminine Hygiene Products

North LiverpoolSt Andrew’s Community Network
Clubmoor Community Centre
16 Larkhill Lane
L13 9BR
(Ideally before 3pm)

24th December– Tinned Potatoes
– Tinned Vegetables (Toms, Carrots, Peas, Sweetcorn)
– Mashed Potato
– Fruit Juice
– Coffee
– Curry And Pasta Sauce
– Custard
– Cup A Soups
– Noodles
– Jam
Yes! Contact [email protected]
London – Westminster  Westminster Foodbank, Westminster Chapel, Buckingham Gate, London, SW1E 6BS9am-3:30pm

Mondays and Thursdays

Email Ahead at
[email protected]
Currently not accepting any food donations but still accepting financial support
London – WaterlooOasis Centre (Hub Coffee House) 1 Kennington Road, SE1 7QP8am-4pm

23rd December– Shampoo
– Instant Coffee
– Custard
– Sanitary
– Jam
– Tinned fish
– Cooking oil
– Tinned fruit
Manchester – Greater ManchesterFareShare Greater Manchester,
New Smithfield Market, Openshaw Manchester M11 2WJ
10am-6pm Monday to Friday or by arrangement at another time (call 07917237533)Ongoing need for donations including January– Tea
– Coffee
– Sugar
– Biscuits
– Long life milk
– Juice
– Hot choc drinks
– Tinned tomatoes
– Tinned chick peas
– Pot noodles
– Pot porridge
– Personal hygiene items
– Chocolates
– Long life treats
Volunteers are needed all the time, please call 0161 223 8200 option 6 or go to our website
Manchester – South CentralWesley Enterprise Centre, Old York Street, Hulme
M15 5BP
Prefer Donations Early in December/ November– Tinned Fruit
– Tinned Tomatoes
– Uht Milk (1 Litre)
– Tinned Potatoes
Newcastle – Gateshead Unit 52 Team Valley Business Centre,
NE11 0QH

Mondays and Wednesdays


20th December– Coffee
– UHT Milk
– Tinned fruit
Sheffield – S6Teaching Hall,
6 Gilpin St,
S6 3BL

Monday – Friday
– UHT Milk
– Long Life Fruit Juice
– Toiletries
– Tinned Tomatoes
– Tinned Fruit
Sheffield – BurngreaveBurngreave Foodbank
Rock Christian Centre
177-195 Spital Hill
S4 7LF

Monday, Wednesday and Friday
– UHT Milk (1 Litre)
– Dried Milk Powder
– Dried Lentils
– Sugar
– Cooking Oil
– Dried Mashed Potato Or Tinned – Potatoes
– Tinned Soup
– Tinned Fruit
– Tinned Tomatoes
– Tinned Rice Pudding/Custard
– Shower Gel /Shampoo /Deodorant /Sanitary Towels (Not Tampons)/ Razors
Yes! Email [email protected]
SunderlandFoodbank Warehouse,
Units 7/9 First Avenue,
Drum Industrial Estate,
Chester le Street,
9:30am – 2pm

No last date, but the earlier the better– Tinned Ham
– Small Christmas Cake (Slab)
– Christmas Crackers
– Peanuts / Crackers
– Long Life Fruit Juice
– Long Life Milk Uht
– Sponge Pudding
– Toilet Rolls
– Toiletries

*Can’t accept clothing*
South TynesideHampden Street Operations Centre,
South Shields,
NE33 4JR

– UHT milk
– Coffee
– Sugar
– Dilutable Juices
YorkYork Foodbank
Unit 5 Sterling Park
Bleriot Way
Clifton Moor
YO30 4WU

Tuesdays and Thurdays
Final date is 24th December (but preferably by the 16th December)– Powdered milk
– Instant mash
– Sponge puddings
– Long life fruit juice

*Can’t accept Clothing*

If you can’t find your location on this table, then head to this website to find your nearest food bank. If you would like the food bank you run/volunteer for to appear on the list above please email [email protected].

Together, we can make a huge difference to the lives of people living in food poverty this Christmas. Thank you for your continued support.

You can also follow the progress of our campaign via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and here on our blog where we’ll be uploading suggested recipes and featuring some of our favourite social enterprise brands who stock the products we’re encouraging you to donate 🙂

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