Christmas food parcels bring festive cheer to families in crisis
10:00 10 December 2013
More donations flood in from generous Gazette readers.
Food bank Christmas shopping list
Box of biscuits
Children’s selection box
Box of chocolate
Large bar chocolate (150\200g)
Snacks and nibbles (e.g. peanuts)
Long life fruit juice
*Readers may wish to donate other processed Christmas food although we are unable to accept alcohol.
GENEROUS Gazette readers have been continuing to donate Christmas items to our Give a Christmas Gift food bank appeal.
Festive goodies have been flying into the Gazette offices in Barnstaple, and we’ve already delivered a car boot full to the team at Northern Devon Foodbank.
Duncan Withall of Northern Devon Foodbank, said Christmas food parcels would begin going out to local families this week.
He said: “We’ve had a good lot of stuff come in and are in the process of sorting it all out in one room and making up the parcels.
Where to donate
Barclays Bank: Bideford and Torrington
North Devon Gazette: Old Station Road, Barnstaple, 9am-5pm
Food banks: Bideford (34 Mill Street) Mon, Weds, Fri, 10.30am-1.30pm; Barnstaple (Salvation Army Hall, Oakleigh Road), Mon and Fri, 10.30am-1.30pm; South Molton (9 New Road), Fri 10.30am-1.30pm.
“We start distribution tomorrow (Wednesday) and will be handing out the Christmas parcels for two weeks leading up to Christmas.
“It’s a lovely idea and it’s working really well – many thanks to the Gazette readers for all their help.”
In the two weeks leading up to Christmas, food banks in Barnstaple, Bideford and South Molton will be handing out more than 250 Christmas food parcels to people in crisis.
They have drawn up a shopping list of Christmas items they’d like to offer clients alongside their regular parcel of essential food items.
Extras such as mince pies, tinned ham, a box of biscuits or Christmas crackers could make a small difference to families facing big financial pressures.
Readers can continue to donate Christmas items until December 18. Donations can be made at food banks in Barnstaple, Bideford or South Molton; Barclays Bank in Bideford or Torrington, or Halifax in Barnstaple High Street.