STRATFORD Food Bank is aiming to spread some Christmas cheer – but needs your help.
The festive season is the busiest time of year for the food bank and the team will be running a collection at Tesco on the Maybird from December 1 to 3.
As well as providing emergency food parcels, the food bank has a new initiative to provide Christmas hampers to individuals and families facing a difficult Christmas. They desperately need 70 volunteers to take on two hour slots over the four days of the collection.
Stratford food bank manager Marion Homer said: “It’s easy to make a difference. We will do all we can to provide emergency support so local families hit by something unavoidable, like illness, redundancy or a boiler breaking, don’t go hungry this Christmas.
“However, to make sure we’re fully stocked ahead of our busiest month of the year, we need support from the community.
“The more people there are volunteering with us at the collection the more food we can collect and the better prepared we will be to provide support to local people who would otherwise face hunger this Christmas.
“In previous collections we’ve been overwhelmed by the generosity of the local community in helping us to help residents – we’d love to have as much support again this December.”
Last Christmas thanks to the generosity of Tesco customers 4,000 meals were donated to the food bank and over 1,250 three day emergency food supplies were provided to people in need.
People interested in volunteering should email email@example.com or visit www.stratforduponavon.foodbank.org.uk for more information.