Join us in our effort to support local food banks this Christmas.
BAPN calls on all nannies to take part in our annual Reverse Advent Calendar Challenge. We’d love you to join us and provide much-needed support.
Food bank donations are needed more than ever before in the UK. There is no escaping the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic and people are increasingly relying on charity to help them as jobs dry up.
Food bank use has more than doubled in the last six years, according to The Trussell Trust, with more than 1.9 million people in the UK applying for emergency food aid through the organisation’s network of food banks in the year up to March 2020.
After more than a million children signed up for free school meals this year for the first time, it is clear Covid-19 has put a record number of families across the UK at risk of going hungry. But anyone can donate, whether through the Trussell Trust or an independent food bank, and it is one of the most direct ways of helping local people at their most desperate time.
Reverse Advent Calendar
How it works:
You and your charges pick an item of non-perishable food every day from December 1st to the 24th to donate to a food bank. This gives an opportunity for many discussions (depending on age) about those less fortunate, how would we feel if we were reliant on food banks, what foodstuffs are appropriate, how long foods last, should treats be included, and so on. Then the hamper is donated either to a local food bank or shelter ideally on Christmas Eve
It may have “food” in the name but it’s not just things to eat and drink you can donate to a food bank. They also give out packs of other essential items like toiletries, tampons, nappies, and baby food.
The main thing to bear in mind is that whatever you give may be stored for some time before it goes to those who need it. Avoid things like fresh fruit and veg, fish, meat, and dairy products as it might go bad and the food bank is unlikely to accept it.
To find out more about why we should donate to a food bank; how food banks work, and much more, please go to
This is a great learning; fun activity and we hope you’ll join in.