Christmas food parcels bring festive cheer to families in crisis

10:00 10 December 2013

Give a gift to needy families in North Devon this Christmas.

Give a gift to needy families in North Devon this Christmas.

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More donations flood in from generous Gazette readers.

Food bank Christmas shopping list

Mince pies

Tinned ham

Christmas pudding

Christmas cake

Box of biscuits

Children’s selection box

Box of chocolate

Large bar chocolate (150\200g)

Snacks and nibbles (e.g. peanuts)

Christmas crackers

Sugar

UHT milk

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.

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