Christmas is a time for giving and volunteers at Hucknall’s Engage Food Project are hoping the community will continue to give over the festive season.
The food bank is a collaborative project of CTHLP Churches Together Hucknall, Linby and Papplewick.
It has been running for 15 years but is now in more demand than ever before.
“We are giving out 100 parcels a month and reaching a lot of people within the community,” explained Ed Rippon who leads the initiative.
“Times are very hard with the tough economy with changes to benefits, the bedroom tax, people losing jobs and the increasing fuel costs.
“All this has an effect on people from across the spectrum with all generations being hit.”
To access the food bank, clients have to be referred through various agencies including the police, social services and Framework.
Many different people contribute to the bank through donations from schools, churches, uniformed groups, individuals and harvest festivals.
“People like to give to us as they know they are helping local people and those most in need,” added Ed. “Our clients are very grateful for these parcels and it is a great gift to give that goes a long way.”
Only non-perishable items are required like tins, jars, bottles and dried food like rice and pasta. And upto Christmas new toys are also being collected to give to children in need.
To donate drop your items at Under One Roof, Vine Terrace, Hucknall.