Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Gazette launches appeal to provide needy families with added extras this Christmas.
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.
THE North Devon Gazette is asking readers to give a gift to their local food bank this Christmas.
We’ve teamed up with Northern Devon Foodbank to help put a few special extras on the tables of some of our most needy families during the festive season.
In the three weeks leading up to Christmas, food banks in Barnstaple, Bideford and South Molton will be handing out more than 250 Christmas food parcels for people in crisis.
They have drawn up a shopping list (right) of Christmas items they’d like to offer clients alongside their regular parcel of essential food items.
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.
Extras such as mince pies, tinned ham, biscuits or Christmas crackers could make a small difference to families facing big financial pressures.
Between now and December 18, readers can drop off any of the items listed below at any food bank in Barnstaple, Bideford or South Molton; branches of Barclays Bank in Bideford or Torrington, or the Gazette offices in Old Station Road, Barnstaple. See right for a full list of locations and opening times.
Duncan Withall, of Northern Devon Foodbank, said: “Winter is the hardest time of year for people living in poverty, and this Christmas is looking especially tough as fuel prices continue to rise.
“We’re delighted that the Gazette is working with us to help provide a few special extras.
“Numbers of people turning to their local Foodbank this year have increased significantly and almost 1,400 people in North Devon have been given three days’ emergency food in the last six months alone.”
Our sister newspapers, the Exmouth Journal, Sidmouth Herald and Midweek Herald, are running similar schemes in their areas in an effort to inspire local communities to help make a difference.
Group editor Phil Griffin said: “Through our newspapers, we hope to inspire our communities.
“Our readers never fail to rally for a good cause and I’m sure they will want to help Northern Devon Foodbank to help people in crisis this Christmas.”