The Reverse Advent Calendar is a fun way to count down the days until Christmas and a great way to help those in need in our community.
We are asking that you, your family, group, organisation, or workplace pop a food item or a coin in a supermarket bag for life from the 1st December – 24th December and bring it to us at our food store on one of our opening days. We’ll be opening the food bank doors on Thursday 19th December to coincide with the end of school term, Saturday 21st December and also Christmas Eve. Our volunteers will be ready to accept your donations, show you around and tell you a little about the food bank.
This year again we are asking you to pack your reverse advent calendar into bag(s) for life rather than boxes so that we can reuse them for our food parcels. This avoids us having to recycle large amounts of cardboard (and of course saves 10p a bag).
Click here for printable ‘shopping lists‘ or see the list below of food stuffs we really need at this time of year.
Drop off donation points and times:
Wycombe: Foodbank Store, 11 Duke Street, High Wycombe, HP13 6EE (SatNav prefers this postcode). There is a small car park on site but it is likely to be busy so do park on the streets where possible or the Wycombe District Council Duke Street Car park is next to us!
- Thursday 19th December 10am – 4pm
- Saturday 21st December 10am – noon
- Tuesday 24th December 10am – noon
We are also open most weekday mornings between 10am and noon, and Monday evenings between 7-8pm but please contact us in advance if you would like to drop off outside the advertised times.
Marlow: Marlow Methodist Church, 31 Spittal Street, Marlow, SL7 3HJ
- Friday 20th December 10am – 12noon
- Saturday 21st December 10am – 12noon
If you want to drop off in Marlow but these times really aren’t convenient, call the foodbank on 01494 512277.
We’d love you to collect the following items or please pop a coin in!
- Tinned fish
- Tinned meat meals (curries, stews, mince)
- Tinned ham / corned beef
- Tinned halal meat
- Tinned hot dogs
- Tinned potatoes
- Tinned carrots
- Tinned vegetable soup
- Tinned pulses
- Pasta sauce
- Cook in sauce
- Tinned Fruit
- Long-life milk
- Tea / coffee
Please no pasta or baked beans – we are drowning in them!!!
We do appreciate that many of you like to include Christmas food types in your advent calendars. Whilst we know our clients are appreciative of these types of foods, we do know that what keeps them satisfied and full during their time of need are the high protein items such as those listed above. We appreciate that some people will wish to adhere to the traditional advent period, and if you would like to include Christmas foods for Christmas week then please be aware that donations would need to be delivered to us in good time to be sorted and packed before our last main distribution date on 19th December. Any food that comes in after advent will of course still be sorted and sent out in the new year.