Can you help fill Foodbank for Christmas?

OLDHAM Foodbank is launching an advent calendar with a difference and has appealed for community help to ensure the initiative’s success.

Instead of, or alongside, the traditional daily window opening, staff at the Foodbank on Manchester Street are asking residents to select a daily item from a list of commodities.

Each item can be added to a bag or box and then taken to the Foodbank, situated in the former Three Crowns pub (Manchester Street, Oldham), on Christmas Eve between 11am and 1.45pm.

Suitable items include tinned food, UHT milk, sugar, noodles, toothpaste, shampoo, toilet roll, biscuits, chocolate, crisps, jam, cereal, pot noodles, cup-a-soups, pet food, washing powder, soap, shower gel and pasta sauce.

Find out more on Oldham Foodbank’s Facebook page.

Oldham Council is also running its annual campaign to support the Foodbank and local families over Christmas.

Donations can be dropped off at libraries across the borough, including Greenfield, Uppermill and Lees, until Thursday, December 5.

Items needed include tinned soup, tinned tomatoes, tinned fruit, tinned rice pudding, tinned meat or fish or ham, sweets, tea bags, instant coffee, Christmas cakes, pasta (500g) and savoury snacks.

If you can’t get to the shops, cash donations will be accepted and volunteers will be doing a big shop.

In the last two years, the drive has collected 1640kg of food, which equates to more than 2,000 meals for local families.

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