Food appeal to feed poor families

A VICAR is appealing to Bulwell shoppers to help him clinch his contribution to a new project to help feed poverty-stricken families.

The Rev Andy Morris, head of St Matthew’s Church on Bestwood Estate and St Philip’s at Top Valley, completed a gruelling charity bike ride last month in aid of a Bestwood and Bulwell Food Bank, which will collect food and distribute it to needy people.

But he points out that despite his efforts in cycling 145 miles from Workington in Cumbria to Sunderland, half-a-tonne of food is still needed for the project.

So he has come up with an initiative which will take place at Tesco’s Bulwell superstore on Saturday June 23 from 10 am to 2 or 3 pm.

While doing their own shopping, customers will be encouraged to buy items on a list displayed at the doors of the premises — such as a tin of beans or a bag of pasta — to donate to the food bank.

“There are so many people in poverty because of the downturn that it is unbelievable,” said Andy. “I hope shoppers at Tesco will show a generous response because their support is vital.”

The project will provide ten meals (four breakfasts, three lunches and three dinners) to anyone who is so needy that they receive a special voucher to services, including local doctors, schools or children’s centres.