Help North Devon families in need with our Christmas food bank appeal

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

Give a gift to needy families in North Devon this Christmas. - Credit: Archant

Give a gift this Christmas with the North Devon Gazette’s festive appeal

Volunteers at Barnstaple foodbank kick off this year's appeal. Picture: Elliot Anderton

Volunteers at Barnstaple foodbank kick off this year's appeal. Picture: Elliot Anderton - Credit: Archant

The Gazette is asking readers to once again dig deep and help families in crisis by giving a gift to their local food bank this Christmas.

We have teamed up with Northern Devon Foodbank for the past two years to help put a few special extras on the tables of more than 500 families during the festive season.

Last year, readers donated an incredible 625kg of festive treats to add a special something to emergency parcels.

And this year we’re hoping to do even more to ensure families in desperate need can enjoy a little Christmas cheer.


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Duncan Withall, of Northern Devon Foodbank, said: “Readers’ generosity means that kids get their Christmas sweeties.

“It means that our customers have a bit extra for Christmas when they would normally only get the basics.

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“Since the food bank opened in Bideford in July 2012, we’ve distributed 73 tonnes of food to 10,457 people, including 3,700 children.”

The food bank gives out three-day emergency food parcels to those referred to the service, including staples such as meat, pasta, beans and teabags.

But extras such as mince pies, tinned ham, biscuits, chocolates, fruit juice or Christmas crackers could make a small difference to families facing big financial pressures. No alcohol is accepted.

Duncan is urging people to get their donations in as soon as possible, before the parcels are given out from December 10. You can drop your donations off at any of the food banks in Barnstaple, Bideford, South Molton, or, from mid-December, Ilfracombe – or the Gazette offices in Old Station Road, Barnstaple.

You can find the food banks in the following places:

- Barnstaple: St John’s Community Centre, next to Rose Lane Tesco.

- Bideford: Supreme House, Pitt Lane

- South Molton: Old Library, Duke Street

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