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Emma Hardy MP is launching the Reverse Christmas Calendar Appeal for its third year at Hull Foodbank. The appeal, which is asking for people to donate food items and parcels for each day of advent, but in reverse, up to the 15th December.  

 The Reverse Advent Calendar works differently to a traditional one by using the days in late November/December to put items into a box daily ready to take to a local foodbank in time for Christmas week. This means instead of opening something for advent, people are giving something back to the community each day. Depending on when they begin the reverse calendar will decide on how many items are eventually in the box. 

 Ms Hardy is working with Hull Foodbank, Anlaby and Hessle Foodbank and HU4 Hub foodbank with more drop off points to be announced to ensure the initiative reaches the widest possible audience and that as many donations as possible are collected for what is forecasted to be a very difficult winter for many people in our area.

Emma Hardy MP said:
“Food poverty continues to worsen across the country and especially in my constituency of Hull West and Hessle.  I’m hearing from some foodbanks in our area that demand has more than doubled just in the past month.  

With the current cost-of-living crisis, rising heating bills, rising cost of food and fuel for cars, I know everyone’s budgets are at breaking point, that is why I am hoping this appeal will be able to help out those who are struggling the most in my constituency and hopefully spread a little bit of Christmas joy.”

If you would like to be a part of this then please can all advent calendar boxes be dropped off at one of the below foodbanks by 15th December.

The three foodbanks details are: 

  • Hull Foodbank- 28 Paragon Street, HU1 3RJ
      Open Mon,Wed,Thurs and Friday 11-2pm to drop off 


  • HU4 Hub-18 Sibelius Road, Hull, HU4 7NH
    Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for drop offs  


  • Hessle and Anlaby Foodbank- Co-Op Hessle/ Hessle Community Centre
    between 9.00 and 3pm Monday to Thursday  

Suggested items to include in a Christmas Food Hamper 


  • Fray Bentos pies 
  • Tinned ham 
  • Corned beef 
  • Stewing steak 
  • Soup but multipurpose i.e. condensed/chunky 
  • Tinned potatoes 
  • Spaghetti hoops 
  • Tinned meatballs in sauce 
  • Baked beans with sausages 
  • Macaroni cheese/veggie ravioli 
  • Mild curry 
  • Custard 
  • Rice pudding 
  • Tinned fruit cocktail 

Personal Care 

  • Deodorant 
  • Body spray 
  • Shower Gel 
  • Plasters 
  • Bar of soap 
  • Flannel 
  • Toilet roll 
  • Toothpaste 
  • Toothbrushes 
  • Washing powder 
  • Washing up liquid 

Dried items/packets 

  • Cereal (which can be eaten without milk, such as Frosties or Cheerios) 
  • Raisins 
  • Instant noodles 
  • Instant mash 
  • Boil in the bag rice 
  • Meat paste for sandwiches 
  • Crumble mix / crumble topping 
  • Kids baking kits where you just add water/oil 
  • Ketchup 
  • Brown sauce 
  • Jam – no ‘bits’ – raspberry good 
  • Chocolate spread 
  • Stock cubes 
  • Gravy granules 
  • Granulated sugar 
  • Crisps 
  • Golden syrup 


  • Instant hot chocolate powder 
  • Milkshake powder such as Nesquik 
  • Powdered milk 
  • UHT milk 
  • Tea 
  • Instant coffee 
  • Squash/cordial 


  • Ginger biscuits 
  • Chocolate digestives 
  • Yule log (chocolate log) 
  • Bars of chocolate 
  • Christmas biscuit selection 
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