Christmas in a Box

by Nat Tallents at The Box 'Kitchen & Bar' with The Box Foundation in Plymouth, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 11th December 2020 we successfully raised £27,708 ( + est. £1676.50 Gift Aid ) with 224 supporters in 28 days

To give 2,500 struggling Plymouth families a box of ingredients, including fresh food, to cook a nutritious Christmas dinner for 4-6 people.

by Nat Tallents at The Box 'Kitchen & Bar' with The Box Foundation in Plymouth, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

Beyond the initial £25,000 target we want to raise at least a further £5,000 to continue supporting access to food support in Plymouth through the year. With such wonderful generosity from local people and businesses we know we can achieve more. 

Half the additional money we raise (over the £25,000 we need to deliver 2500 'Christmas In A Box' packages) will be donated to the Plymouth Food Bank, which is run by the Trussell Trust. The food banks provide essential year round support to those who need it the most. 

The other half will be used to feed families in need here at The Box as part of our Community Engagement outreach projects. Your donations will enable us to reach local families who are experiencing difficulties and support them to experience The Box and enjoy a delicious cooked meal with us too.  

Working with partners such as Plymouth Community Homes, Plymouth City Council and Food Plymouth's Food Action Network is enabling us to reach the people who need our support this Christmas and beyond. 

THANK YOU and please continue to support our appeal. 

The 'Christmas in a Box' Appeal

Can you help us to supply struggling Plymouth families with fresh food to serve for Christmas dinner? That's what the 'Christmas in a Box' idea is all about. 

The idea began with Nat Tallents, Executive Chef at The Box Kitchen & Bar, who was reflecting on what a hard year this had been for many people, especially with Covid-19.  

Nat explains: "This year has been such a hard one for many people and it really struck a chord with me how difficult Christmas will be for a lot of families. 

I was driving to work one day, listening to the radio and I heard that around 10,000 people in Plymouth won’t get a Christmas dinner this year. That number stuck in my head. 

I went to my bosses at Fosters Event Catering and the wonderful team at The Box, pitched my idea and we came up with 'Christmas in a Box'. It's a ready to cook box of tasty ingredients with recipes, to feed a family of 4 or even 6 if there’s lots of little people.

The goal is to create 2,500 boxes using fresh and store cupboard ingredients from local suppliers to be sent out to the local community by our distribution partner organisations. 

2,500 boxes will feed at least 10,000 people. 

That’s the only Christmas present I want this year."

Help make this Christmas wish come true

Food poverty has been high on the agenda and in the news all too often during 2020. This is a chance to help make a difference here in Plymouth. The Box Foundation has joined forces with Nat and Fosters to help make this Christmas wish come true, alongside the support of distribution partners including Plymouth Community Homes and Plymouth City Council. 

Leader of Plymouth City Council, Councillor Tudor Evans OBE, has voiced his support for this campaign: "With produce from local suppliers and Nat and the team at The Box Kitchen & Bar, we've got all the right ingredients to help thousands of people enjoy their Christmas Dinner this year. All we need now Plymouth, is you". 

Grateful thanks and exclusive rewards

Some exclusive and wonderful 'money can't buy' rewards are on offer for those able to make major donations. 

We are immensely grateful to anyone who is able to make a contribution of any size to the 'Christmas in a Box' appeal and welcome your support in helping to bring much needed food to Christmas dinner tables this year. 


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All donations for the 'Christmas in a Box' campaign will be managed by The Box Foundation (registered UK charity no 1187138). 


This project offers rewards in return for your donation

£25 or more

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Certificate of Thanks + a treat at The Box

To thank you for your generosity we'll send you a lovely digital Certificate of Thanks, plus when you next visit The Box we'll treat you to a free cup of tea or coffee at The Box Kitchen & Bar and an extra little something sweet.

£1 or more

Rewards for everyone

Congratulations! You can enjoy that warm and pleasant feeling of knowing you've helped a Plymouth family to enjoy a nutritious Christmas dinner this year. Thank you. Please also remember that tickets to visit The Box are free for everyone.

£50 or more

6 of 50 claimed

A Taste of Researching Archives

Do you want to know how to start tracing your family tree, or how to discover more about the house that you live in, but you're not sure where to start? Join our professional Archivist for an exclusive online event for top tips on starting to access online and local archives to help your research. Each online event will have a maximum of 10 participants. Begin your own investigation and see what you discover.

£250 or more

Social media 'shout out' from The Box

A social media shout out from The Box to acknowledge the generous contribution made by your business, your organisation, your family or you. We will publicly thank you for funding 10 'Christmas in a Box' meals for families in need this year, using The Box's social media platforms.

£500 or more

0 of 4 claimed

A VIP visit to The Box with an Archivist

A VIP visit to The Box (for up to 4 people) including a two-hour session with an Archivist to view some of the city's most fascinating documents, with exclusive use of the Cottonian Research Room. Includes exclusive behind the scenes access and lunch for two at the Kitchen & Bar.

£500 or more

2 of 4 claimed

A VIP visit to The Box with a Curator

A VIP visit to The Box (for up to 4 people) including a two-hour session with a Curator guiding you through a detailed look at one or more of our amazing galleries. Includes exclusive behind the scenes access and lunch for two at the Kitchen & Bar.

£500 or more

0 of 2 claimed

VIP visit to The Box + Figureheads + Port Gallery

A VIP visit to The Box (for up to 4 people) including an hour with the Conservator who led the Royal Naval ships' figureheads conservation project AND a Curator-led visit to the 'Port of Plymouth' gallery. Includes exclusive behind the scenes access and lunch for two at the Kitchen & Bar.

£1,250 or more

1 of 4 claimed

VIP Group Visit to The Box + Mayflower Talk

A VIP package visit to The Box for a covid-secure group of up to 10 people with exclusive day use of the Conference Room, plus behind the scenes opportunities including a Curator-led talk about The Box's major 'Mayflower 400: Legend and Legacy' exhibition and refreshments from the Kitchen & Bar.

£2,500 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Exclusive Dinner Party

A private dinner party for up to 6 people, hosted by Executive Chef Nat Tallents at The Box. This reward will feature a delicious and exclusive tasting menu of 7 different courses.

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