Find out how you can give a gift and help North Devon families in crisis over the festive holiday during our annual appeal.

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

The Gazette is once again asking readers to 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 three years to help put a few special extras on the tables of more than 500 families at Christmas.

This year, foodbanks in Barnstaple, Bideford, Ilfracombe and South Molton have distributed emergency food parcels to 4,000 people.

The foodbank 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, chocolates, or crackers could make a small difference for those families.

Preferred items are listed on below, as well as a list of drop-off points and opening times for donations.

All donations must be made by Friday, December 16.

Any non-perishable food items are welcome, but some ideas include:

Mince pies

Tinned ham

Biscuits

Chocolates

Selection boxes

Fruit juice

Christmas crackers

Crisps

Tinned food

Please note: Alcohol cannot be accepted.

Drop off points for donations

North Devon Gazette, Old Station Road, Barnstaple: Mon-Fri, 9am-5.30pm

Barnstaple foodbank, St John's Community Centre: Mon, Weds and Fri: 10.30am-1.30pm

Bideford foodbank, Supreme House, Pitt Lane: Mon, Wed and Fri: 10.30am-1.30pm

Ilfracombe foodbank, Salvation Army Hall, Torrs Park: Tues and Fri: 10.30am-1.30pm

South Molton foodbank, YMCA Centre, Mill Street: Thursday: 10am-midday.