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Norwich Foodbank is a company incorporated in England and Wales (Co. No. 7051996) with limited liability by guarantee. 

Charity number 1143528 - registered for Gift Aid with HMRC - No XT22368

Registered office address:
Norwich Foodbank
Henderson Business Centre,
51 Ivy Road, Norwich NR5 8BF
Tel: 01603 251733 E-mail: admin@norwich.foodbank.org.uk

The name Norwich foodbank is used in all its works.
Patrons Rt Revd Graham James, Bishop of Norwich, Delia Smith CBE and Susan Hill CBE.
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Norwich foodbank launches 'upside down Christmas' campaign 

Norwich foodbank is appealing for donations this summer, through an eight day giving campaign, which marks the mid-way point to Christmas in a bid to boost donations during the quietest time of the year.
 


In December 2017, thanks to a successful ‘Reverse Advent Calendar’ campaign, new donors got behind the local foodbank and a staggering 7.3 tonnes (double that of the campaign in 2016) was donated as a result; clearly demonstrating the generosity and festive spirit of the local community.

However, the amount coming into the charity’s Earlham based warehouse did cause storage issues, so in a bid to offset this against the foodbank’s quietest time of year, this campaign is set to launch on 18th June, with 8 days of suggested, targeted donations being encouraged, ending on 25th June – exactly half way to Christmas day.

With the help of Becca Barry’s animating skills, a video and still picture has been put together for each of the campaign with suggest items needed most by Norwich foodbank – the items include rice pudding and jam, instant mashed potatoes, tinned meat, tinned fish, tinned tomatoes and financial donations.

The videos will be posted on social media (Facebook: Norwich.foodbank; Twitter and Instagram: @norwichfoodbank) and on the foodbank’s website: www.norwichfoodbank.co.uk from 18th June – 25th June and those taking part in this campaign are then encouraged to bring their donated items to the warehouse during normal opening hours (Monday, Thursday and Friday 9am – 1pm).

Hannah Worsley, Project Manager: ‘Sadly, we are an all-year round service and while the need does increase in December when we give out close to 1,000 food parcels, donations are needed throughout the year and we hope this campaign will encourage people to give in the summer months and this will be their Christmas giving rather than giving in December.’

The school summer holidays will also see the foodbank continue their FISH project (Food (and Fun) In School Holidays) across 7 sites, where low income families are invited to enjoy a free hot meal and take part in free fun activities. The meals are supported by foodbank and supermarket donations, as well as grant funding. FISH is in it’s 4th year of running, with clubs having taken place in 10 areas across Norwich and more and more ‘holiday hunger’ initiatives springing up across the country, run by and run for the local community. In the summer holidays 2017, over 300 children attended one of six clubs and over 900 meals were served.

If you would like to get involved, please bring your donations to the foodbank warehouse during opening hours - Monday, Thursday or Friday 9am - 1pm. The warehouse is Unit 14, Henderson Business Centre, Ivy Road (off Bowthorpe Road), NR5 8BF.

If you are able to advertise this campaign to your church, group, work, or school, a poster is available to download here: Upside Down Christmas poster.
 

9,250 food parcels given to local people in the last 12 months 

including 2,697 children,
up to 31st July 2018
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