Reverse Advent Calendar
Charity is a really important aspect of what we do
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Why do we have a Reverse Advent Calendar?
One of our Nurses, Nichola, had the idea of having a Reverse Advent Calendar so we could donate food and supplies to a worthy cause in the Exeter Foodbank. Giving to charity is a really important aspect of what we do at Life Dental & Wellbeing. We believe that it's essential to give something back to the community that we're part of, especially when this time of year can be so difficult for so many people.
How does it work?
We've drawn up a rota and, every day from 1 December, one of our team donates an item or two of food or toiletries that are listed on the Exeter Foodbank shopping list. A couple of days before Christmas, we'll deliver the provisions to the local drop off point and the Exeter Foodbank will then distribute the food to those who need it most. We've been busy so far and have already collected a huge amount, but there's still time to give more.
What is the Exeter Foodbank?
Opening in 2008, the Exeter Foodbank is part of The Trussell Trust's network of 428 foodbanks across the UK that helps tackle food poverty and hunger in the local community. Everyone that's referred to the foodbank are in crisis and need help.
It is estimated that 1 in 5 people in the UK live in food poverty. In 2015/16, The Trussell Trust's Foodbank Network provided 1,109,309 three-day emergency food supplies and support to people in crisis all over the UK. Over 400,000 of those supplies were needed for children.
How can you help?
The Exeter Foodbank provides three days' of nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people and, as you can imagine, Christmas time is particularly busy for them. By donating, even just one item, you can make a real difference to people who need it most.
There are Foodbank donation boxes and drop off points in supermarkets near you all over the city, including Waitrose, Sainsbury's, Tesco and Co-op. You can see the drop off points and the shopping list of much-needed supplies at the Exeter Food Bank website.
Please give as much as you can.