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This year, during the month of November, we are once again supporting The Bishop Stortford Food Bank by setting up a reverse advent calendar in The St Barnabas Centre.

The idea is that you give into one of the numbered bags rather than open a window on an advent calendar to receive something. The calendar will be running throughout the whole of November and then we will take the goods to the food bank at the beginning of December to allow them enough time to get them ready for those that struggle to have enough over the Christmas period.

Below are a list of suggested items and but for an updated list from the foodbank click here:

  • Shower gels, deodorant and shampoo
  • Toilet rolls
  • Christmas puddings
  • Christmas sweets
  • Christmas biscuits
  • Tinned salmon
  • Tinned meat – ham, spam & chicken in a sauce
  • Tinned fruit
  • Tinned custard 
  • Chocolate bars
  • Children’s selection boxes
  • Sponge puddings
  • Rice pudding
  • Coffee
  • Hot chocolate
  • Sugar
  • Tea bags (max 240 bags)