Back in September, I wrote a post about wanting to do a Christmas food bank donation. I made a Crowd Funder page and asked my readers if they could spare any money at all, even a £1, to help towards that donation.


I’ll be honest, I was very apprehensive about posting that. Asking you, my lovely readers, to donate money for something that you wouldn’t ever feel the benefit of. You don’t know where I live. You don’t know who uses my local food bank, nor do I, but I wanted to make a difference. I wanted to feel like I was contributing to something local to me. To give back, so to speak.


But, you are amazing. In total, you donated £122 to the food bank donation appeal. £122! That is absolutely fantastic.


After fees, that left me with £105.06 to spend. Which will make a huge difference to the people who need it the most. I have been sat writing a shopping list, looking on Sainsburys website as they appear to do the largest basics range. It means that I can get the most food to donate. So, here is the list of things I have come up with:

  • 10 tins of chopped tomatoes
  • 5 cartons of orange juice
  • 10 tins of baked beans
  • 10 tins of red kidney beans
  • 5 tins of tuna chunks
  • 10 tins of sweetcorn
  • 10 tins of plum tomatoes
  • 5 cartons of apple juice
  • 2 packets of milk chocolate digestives
  • 5 packs of chicken flavoured instant noodles
  • 10 packets of dried pasta
  • 10 packets of spaghetti
  • 10 tins of peach slices in syrup
  • 10 tins of spaghetti
  • 10 packets of white rice
  • 5 tins of rice pudding
  • 5 jars of peanut butter
  • 5 jars of strawberry jam
  • 10 tins of sliced carrots
  • 5 tins of custard
  • 5 tins of mushy peas
  • 5 bags of salted peanuts
  • 5 packets of cookies
  • 10 tins of potatoes
  • 5 bottles of tomato ketchup
  • 5 boxes of wheatabix
  • 5 packets of jaffa cakes
  • 5 packets of chocolate digestive bars
  • 5 boxes of cornflakes
  • 20 packets of sage and onion stuffing
  • 2 jars of hot chocolate
  • 20 packets of gravy granules
  • 5 toothbrushes
  • 5 tubes of toothpaste
  • 5 boxes of vegetable stock cubes
  • 5 tins of chilli con carne
  • 5 tins of chicken curry
  • 5 tins of Irish stew
  • 10 cartons UHT milk

This long list of products comes to £121.35, so I shall make up the rest of the money. Along with the items I have purchased each week since I posted about doing a food bank donation, this will be a huge donation to my local food bank. HUGE. I will go and buy all of the food on Thursday evening, whilst Mr FC looks after the Frugal Baby. I shall take some pictures of all the items I purchase to show you just how far it goes. Plus, to prove the money is going where I say it is!


Above, you can see that I have got a mix of the basics and then some treats in there too. Some of the items I have been buying as I have done my weekly shop are more treats too; there’s a couple of chocolate oranges in there, for example. It is Christmas, after all!


Thank you so much if you donated. I cannot wait to go and get the food and take it to my local food bank. I am planning on dropping everything off on Friday. So, by the end of this week, you and I will be helping people in need.


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