At Foodshed, we love to be able to make Christmas extra special for those who may have very little at this time of year. Christmas can be an incredibly stressful time for those with not much money, with parents struggling to buy Christmas presents for their kids, or those that might not be able to afford to spend money on a Christmas dinner. So, there are a few ways we try to add some hope and joy to those with not much during the festive season, and a few ways you can get involved:

Christmas Meal Bags

We love to bless people with an extra bag of food around Christmas time, containing a Christmas dinner. To donate a Christmas Meal Bag, please download the shopping list here: CHRISTMAS MEAL BAG And don't forget to attach it to the bag you're donating. (Please, no food containing alcohol).

Reverse Christmas Advent Calendar

This has been really popular over the past couple of years, and our advent calendar contains all of the items that we often run out of. Donating these ensures we have enough supplies to give away generously over Christmas and into the new year. REVERSE CHRISTMAS ADVENT


Our Toyshed Christmas present appeal is where you can donate an item for a boy or girl, young or old, with a value of around £10. We then deliver these to parents nearer to Christmas for them to be able to wrap up for their kids to open on Christmas Day. Please get all toy donations to us before the 10th December.

Now that restrictions have eased we’re once again able to relax how we run Foodshed. Some things will remain the same, we’ll still ask you to wear a mask where you can, and we’re also limiting the number of people coming in at any one time to allow us to maintain social distancing.

The biggest change that you will notice from the last 12 months is that we’re now once again able to invite you to take a seat, and have a chat with one of our volunteers who are here to help as much as we can.

We’ll try our best to help with any requests that you have for things that you might need. If you have any dietary requirements please let a volunteer know and we can provide you with appropriate food.

Don’t forget to bring your referral voucher if you have one, but if you don’t have one come down anyway, we can still help you out, and can signpost you to further support in getting a referral voucher for next time.

And as always, if you’re feeling unwell or are self-isolating and still need our support, then we’d ask that you’d send someone else on your behalf.

Thank you so much for your help and support! We couldn't do what we do without the support of the people and businesses in Stevenage. We have donation baskets around the town in:

  • Asda
  • Tesco: Broadwater Superstore, Town Centre
  • Co-op: Symonds Green, Oval
  • Nationwide
  • Sainsburys: Correy's Mill
  • St Peter's Church
  • Grace Community Church
  • The Coptic Orthodox Church Centre UK

We often post our most needed items on our Facebook page, but you can't go wrong with tins of meat, veg, potatoes and fruit, cereal, biscuits, UHT milk, tea and coffee.

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