Reverse Advent Calendar 2017

Huge thank you to everyone who took part in our reverse advent campaign in December. We received 115 reverse advent calendars into our shop as well as lots directly to our unit at Big Yellow.

All donations have now been weighed in and we collected an amazing 11,776.00 Kg of food and provisions. THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH!!

Thank you also to everyone who donated funds to help those in crisis.

Huge thanks go to Maxipay Services, Malborough House School and JVIP who all donated funds in order to provide additional festive food and treats to our Christmas foodbags.


We had our busiest Christmas period ever and during the Christmas week we delivered 129 emergency food parcels, 94 for families and 35 for individuals in crisis. This is over 4,900 meals.

Below are a small selection of pictures from our Christmas week.

Tesco Metro kicked us off with a fantastic collection in store!

Some of our fresh food going out...

 Our shop in full swing!


Amazing keyrings mad by Neal Bamford


Thanks to the team at Cooper Burnett for their amazing donations


Thanks to the team at Redspa for their lovely reverse advent calendar


Some more of our fab donations received into Big Yellow!

A brilliant selection of food and goodies donated by Bethany School



A fabulous donation from the residents of Albany Hill


1st Victoria Guides with their brilliant donations


A huge donation from Holmewood House School!


Donations from St. Johns School, Tunbridge Wells


Just part of an amazing donation from Malborough House School



Times of Tunbridge Wells 29 November 2017

We are repeating our successful Reverse Advent Calendar campaign this year – and we hope to beat last year’s record-breaking donation tally!

What is Reverse Advent?

It's Advent with a twist: instead of opening a box for a daily treat, we are asking people to put an essential food bag item into a box every day during December. As an alternative, making a £3 donation is enough to buy someone in need a foodbag meal over the Christmas period.

Thanks to donations, last year 90 foodbags were given out during the Christmas week, making sure 170 people had a Christmas they would otherwise have had to go without. In total Nourish provided 1,530 meals over the festive period.

For those who want to take part, here is a Christmas wishlist of our most needed items:

  • Christmas treats
  • Tinned potatoes
  • Instant mash
  • Dried noodles
  • Long-life milk
  • Coffee
  • Small toiletries
  • Household items.

How do we get our complete box to Nourish?

Once again, the campaign is being supported by Royal Victoria Place (RVP) shopping centre which has kindly donated a pop-up shop in Ely Court to raise awareness of the campaign every Saturday in December. In addition, the shop will be open every afternoon from December 20th-22nd to allow shoppers and visitors to drop off their completed Reverse Advent Calendars.

Completed calendars can be dropped off at the Nourish pop-up shop in Ely Court at Royal Victoria Place from December 20th-22rd between 12-5pm, or until December 23rd at the Big Yellow Self Storage at Longfield Road.

Please share your calendars on social media using the hashtags #NourishFoodbank and #OurTownCares.

To donate online please do so using the Paypal button below.