16 essential non-food items your local food bank needs this Christmas
Gift appeals, toy drives and food donations amp up as the festive season approaches, with both schools and places of work launching their own initiatives to help those who need it.
The Trussell Trust, a charitable organisation which co-ordinates the nationwide network of food banks, offers online guidance, about what you can give to your local food bank in a donation parcel.
Food donations mostly include non-perishable items such as cereal, pasta, rice, tinned fruit and coffee or tea - but the organisation is also appealing for other things to help people and families in crisis.
Here's our list of non-food items you can donate as part of your parcel.
Laundry detergent or powder