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Will you help the hungry this Christmas with a ‘reverse advent calendar’ for your local foodbank? See what I’m doing and join in

Have you seen the film ‘I, Daniel Blake?’ If not you really should, because it makes you realise just how real poverty in the UK is.

Millions of families in the UK are living in extreme poverty barely able to put food on the table. A mum will go hungry as she watches her child eat what little food there is.

That’s why this year, I have teamed yup with some fellow money bloggers to put together a reverse advent calendar for my local food bank.

It’s a real simple concept – you place one item a day into a box for the next 25 days and then take it to your local food bank. The concept mirrors the chocolate advent calendar, but instead of nibbling on a piece of chocolate, you give something to help someone in need.

It doesn’t just have to be food; foodbanks desperately need toiletries and sanitary products too.

You can find your local food bank here.

If you’re unsure what to include, take a look at this list from the Trussell Trust. You can also call your local foodbank to see if they have a shortage on anything in particular.

I’ve been told to avoid chocolate advent calendars – as nice as they are, it can give false hope for children on Christmas day.

So, here’s my box with my first item – sanitary products. I wanted to include this because it’s such a basic product that no woman should go without. I’ll be adding some other toiletries and food each day this month.

I’m getting my children involved too buy asking them to add items into this box too. I want them to understand the concept of giving and see teach them to make a difference in the community.

Supporting the concept,  Nigella Lawson said in her tweet: “Everyone who is lucky enough to be able to do this, should do this”.

No one should go hungry this Christmas, so why not join me this month and start your own reverse advent calendar foodbank box.


Share you picture on MMM‘s Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #FoodbankAdvent – I can’t wait to see them. Feel free to comment below and please share and lets get as many people involved as possible.


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The kids are off school and they are going to be hungry – inevitably, the next few weeks will see the cost of your weekly shop shoot up.

To help families keep the costs of food shopping down, MMM put Approved Food to the test, which can help slash the cost of shopping by as much as 70%.

There is of course one catch – the food is past or close to its sell-by date, but perfectly safe.

With a £30 budget, MMM managed to bag a fair amount – cereals, tinned food, sweets and treats, drinks and even laundry detergent and dishwasher tablets – the sort of things where you can generally ignore the date stamped on the product.

If you’ve tried reducing the cost of the grub by switching brands or shopping at discount stores but think you can do better, then try Approved Food  – you’ll be surprised at just how much you could save on some store cupboard essentials.

New products are available everyday and there are some real bargains. For example, Sprite Zero 330ml for just 29p or a 2kg Reeses Peanut jar for just £2.99. There’s even stuff for pets, at more than 50% off.

MMM was really pleased with service and surprised at just how at just how much £30 would buy (see pic above/ instagram).

Although we would like to see Approved Food cut down on the cardboard packaging, the items arrived well packed and in excellent condition.

So, if you’re looking to save a few more pounds on your groceries, take a look at Approved food – you’ll be surprised at just how good the bargains are.


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