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1DayFoodbankReceipt750Live differently in Lent for Norwich Foodbank 

During Lent Hannah Worsley, Project Manager of Norwich foodbank, is choosing to live on £1 a day for five consecutive days and invites people to join her or take part in other appeal ideas to support the charity.

Norwich foodbank has three fundraising ideas for supporters to take part in over Lent, to raise money for the charity’s community cafes, their recipe kit project and other running costs.

Project Manager Hannah Worsley and a small group of foodbank volunteers are leading the way with the ‘Live on £1 a Day’ idea.  For 5 consecutive days during Lent Hannah will be living on £1 per day to pay for all food and drink.  The rules mean no freebies from friends or family or using items already in the cupboard, fridge or freezer!

Hannah said: “When we were planning this year’s Lent appeal, I immediately knew which one I would do – I don’t want to call it a ‘challenge’ as this suggests that those who do it will succeed or fail and it’s not about that. It’s about encouraging empathy for those who are living this on a daily basis, being grateful for the choices we have and also increasing the awareness of food waste – if you don’t have much to begin with, you absolutely don’t want to waste any of it.”

Supporters who would like to join Hannah in living on a £1 a day may choose to donate what they would have spent or a portion of this money to Norwich foodbank to provide food for those who are living on limited incomes on a daily basis.

Hannah is writing about her experience on the new foodbank blog and you can read about the items on her shopping list here -
For those who have manual jobs or health reasons that prohibit them living on £1 a day, another idea to support Norwich Foodbank over Lent is #40for40. This is a Trussell Trust initiative in which people are encouraged to put aside 40p for the 40 days of Lent and then give this amount to their local foodbank.  If Gift aid can be claimed it would mean a sum of £20 could be donated, covering at least one single food parcel for three days.

The third idea is Give up and Give where supporters can choose to give something up during Lent such as chocolate and donate the money they would have spent on this item to Norwich foodbank so they can help people who aren’t giving treats up by choice but by necessity.

Hannah said: “We would love to hear from you if you’re getting involved in any of these campaigns either individually, as a family or with a church group or work team.  Please do share your own experience with us.”

Published: 07/03/2019