Christmas Treats Amnesty Campaign

29th December 2023

Foodbank launches Christmas Treats Amnesty

Andover foodbank are asking individuals and places of work to join in donating their unwanted Christmas food and toiletries, in an area wide Christmas Treats Amnesty for the charity.

Head of foodbank, Chloe Roberts says “Many of us receive pamper gifts that are not to our taste or find ourselves avoiding the leftover chocolate once New Year has passed.  We are asking the people of Andover to clear out their cupboards and donate these items to the foodbank where we can put them to good use and distribute to families in need”

The charity are encouraging local organisations to set up an amnesty box in their work place for employees to donate their unwanted items.  They hope this will prevent food waste and provide an easy, fuss free option for everyone to declutter the items they no longer need.

She continues “January is a time where our donations are low, yet we are very busy assisting households who have been referred to us for emergency food.  We always ensure we have chocolate and biscuits in every box as something sweet with a hot drink can be such a comfort in hard times so donations of unwanted chocolate and snacks are a great way for us to keep us with demand.  Additionally, throughout the year we make up pamper packs for our partner organisations to distribute and the smaller tubes of handcream and shower gel you receive in festive gift boxes are the perfect size for us to include.”

The foodbank ask that all items donated must be in date, unopened and unused.  They are unable to receive items that need to be chilled or frozen.

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