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Reverse Advent Calendar – Day 1

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Since we released our reverse advent calendar campaign in November, we’ve been encouraging people to get involved and donate to their local food banks this winter. Throughout December, we will be releasing winter recipes and social enterprise recommendations to help you get into the Christmas spirit!

We’ll prompt you with an item to donate to your local food bank every day, and showcase an accompanying recipe. You can get creative in the kitchen whether you’re giving or receiving!

Today’s item is… long-grain rice!

We’d love it if today, you nipped to the supermarket, picked up some rice, and dropped it off at your local foodbank. You can find a map of foodbanks near you here.

And don’t forget to check out our tasty rice-based recipe of the day, egg-fried rice! 


300grice, precooked and cold
2eggs, beaten
2spring onions, sliced
1 tbspvegetable oil 
1 tspsesame seed oil


1. Heat a large pan over a medium heat and the vegetable oil. 

2. Once hot, add the rice to the pan, using a spatula break up any large clumps and heat all the way through.

3. When the rice is full heated, add the egg and mix through for 2 minutes until cooked.

4. Add the spring onion and sesame oil, stir through and cook for 1 minute, then serve.


Add a sprinkle of dried chilli for a little kick.

If you’d like to know some more ways you can join our fight against food poverty this Christmas, why not grab one of our festive fundraising gifts? Buy one of our Secret Dishes From Around the World cookbooks, a place on a cookalong, or a community cookery school membership for a loved one – a great way to find an original present, and make a difference! 

Meanwhile, today is our Manchester Christmas Meal Drive! Anyone can chip in over the next three days, enabling our team to distribute hot, delicious meals to those struggling with food poverty this December. Pledge your support here.

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