Unless you have been hiding under a rock, you will have noticed Christmas goodies already lining supermarket shelves tempting you to fill your basket and bellies with sweet treats, savoury goodness and a million mince pies. Most families are already making a start on packing their cupboards to the brim in anticipation of the festive season and the need to be the best hosts should visitors pop by.

Just go with me for a second on this one –  Imagine… Going to pop on the kettle and not having any tea bags for your cuppa, not because you forgot to pick some up but because you can’t afford any. Imagine… Going to clean your teeth and after spending a week squeezing the life out of the tube, you admit defeat and no longer have anything to clean your teeth with because you can’t afford to buy any more toothpaste. Imagine… What if you can’t have visitors over at Christmas because you don’t have the money to fill your cupboards with the basic supplies to feed your family, let alone pick up any festive treats. Living on the edge of poverty is something I hope everyone reading this never has to experience.



You have no doubt seen advent calendars on the shelves already, so how about this year you leave them there and just grab yourself an empty box to pop in to your kitchen instead. This empty box could mean so much to a family in your local area because it acts as a reverse advent calendar. This means every day from November 6th, you add an item of your choice (There is a list below of the items which are really in need) Then on December 1st when your 25 items are in, you can deliver it down to your local food bank, here is the address for the one in Norwich – Henderson Business Estate, Ivy Road, Norwich – It’s not open every day so just check out their opening times below. 

You can fill your box with inexpensive items, I am sure if you looked in your cupboards you would find plenty of tinned items being unused. (Of course, please make sure anything you donate is in date) You don’t have to spend a lot, honestly any donation will be gratefully received.

Kicking my box off, I’m going to add 160 tea bags, these were from my local Aldi and on offer at just over a pound. Everyone should have the ability to relax with a cup of tea, especially those under additional stress.


Here is all the official info for the Norwich Food Bank Christmas campaign. I am sure if you don’t live in Norwich, your local food bank will be running something similar. They would no doubt be extremely grateful for any donation, especially over the festive period.

Everything you need to know is in the poster below and I am going to commit to tweeting each day my reverse advent calendar additions. If you’re taking part, let me know what you’re adding in! You can follow Norwich Food Bank here on Twitter and Facebook

Laura x




I hope you enjoyed this blog post. I love hearing from you all so please feel free to leave a comment below x



  1. abbeylouisarose
    November 27, 2016 / 10:50 am

    Laura this is SUCH a wonderful idea! My local Tesco has been running a food bank appeal so every time I go in, I pick somethings up and add it to their collection point. This is such a thoughtful way of turning Christmas spirit into something that is going to make a real difference in people’s lives, you’re an absolute superstar 🌟

    Abbey 🎄

  2. Sophia
    December 1, 2016 / 3:23 am

    Now i get what is reverse advent calendar
    Thanks Laura.

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