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Food Bank needs your support

Angela Gardiner, Graham Potts and Fiona Potts with gifts for Canterbury Food Bank, in the Gazette’s offices
Angela Gardiner, Graham Potts and Fiona Potts with gifts for Canterbury Food Bank, in the Gazette’s offices

An appeal has been launched by Canterbury Food Bank to bring some festive cheer to struggling families this Christmas. It is has been kickstarted with a donation by the Kentish Gazette, which has been backing the charity over the last year. Organisers want to provide seasonal hampers and gifts to more than 150 families in the district, as well as the usual food parcels. The charity will also be working with Christians Against Poverty to help its clients. Appeal co-ordinator Vicky Knight said:

“Christmas is a very special time of the year, but when you are in crisis and unable to feed yourself and your family it can feel extremely bleak. Canterbury Food Bank, with the enormous generosity of the public, businesses and organisations, is attempting to bring a little cheer into people’s lives by providing them with a hamper containing seasonal food such as Christmas cake, mince pies, tinned ham, sweets, biscuits, Christmas crackers and other treats. We also need toiletries, including toothpaste and toilet rolls and small gifts for adults and age-appropriate toys for children.”

The charity now has four food distribution centres, two in Canterbury and ones in Herne Bay and Whitstable. Clients are normally referred for support by agencies including social services, children’s centres and churches, Citizens Advice Bureau and the Women’s Refuge. Last year it gave out 1,966 food parcels, but by the end of this year the total is expected to exceed 3,100, which will be more than 50,000 individual food items. Mrs Knight said:

“Harvest festival saw amazing support from the local churches and schools, filling our warehouse once again. Our thanks go to everyone who contributed. However, from experience, we know that with the colder weather coming, clients will increasingly be having to make the decision whether to ‘eat or heat’. So we need people to keep giving, as January and February will see our stock levels go down once again.”

There are numerous collection centres around the district to donate food, which can be found by visiting visit www.canterburyfoodbank.org

Herne Bay Gazette, November 20th 2014

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