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Let’s get ready to jingle…

Want to support our jingle bag campaign? Read on to find out how...

Not everyone looks forward to Christmas. Here at the Foodbank we know that Christmas can be a particularly hard time of year for those who are struggling to feed themselves and their families.

That’s why in 2017 we launched our first December Jingle Bag appeal with the aim of bringing a wee bit Christmas cheer when people need it most and to give those who found themselves using the foodbank in December something to help on Christmas Day. Our Jingle Bags contained everything needed to celebrate Christmas dinner with all the trimmings. Everyone who was referred for a food parcel in the run up to Christmas received a Jingle Bag in addition to their standard 3-day emergency food parcel. Since our first appeal 2 years ago we’ve supplied over 600 jingle bags to those who needed them.

We could not have done it without the generosity of people in East Lothian who responded to our call for jingle bag donations or without our army of volunteers who put in extra hours, packing jingle bags with Christmas goodies and making them look festive.

As this Christmas approaches we’ld like to provide jingle bags to those who need them again and to do this we need your help please.

We’ve put together a festive shopping list containing all the items we think make a great Christmas Dinner and if you’re able to give any of the items on the list we’d be very grateful. Just pop them in one of our donation points or drop by to see us at the foodbank.

Jingle Bag Shopping List

Download a copy of the Jingle Bag shopping list here
  • chicken/turkey (tinned)
  • potatoes (tinned or packet mash)
  • carrots (tinned)
  • sweetcorn (tinned)
  • peas (tinned)
  • gravy (packet)
  • bread sauce (packet)
  • stuffing (packet/box)
  • Christmas pudding
  • custard
  • mince pies
  • biscuits
  • chocolates/selection pack
  • Christmas savoury snacks
  • Christmas crackers

Remember everything must be non-perishable as we’ve be giving bags out from Monday December 9th for people to set aside for Christmas Day.


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