Many parents will be struggling financially to provide the most basic meals and gifts for their families this Christmas, not to mention all the extra items that make Christmas so special—especially for children. For people living alone with little money available for food, Christmas can be an especially difficult time.
That’s why food banks and community larders across the Diocese of Hereford have launched an advent appeal for all those ‘extras’ which most of us will be taking for granted this Christmas. As well as all the basics which make up a food parcel, Christmas hampers will include items such as mince pies, Christmas puddings, cakes and chocolate logs, sweets and selection boxes, packet trifles, nuts and ‘luxury’ biscuits and tins of food such as ham etc.
If you, your church, school or workplace can help collect some of these items then please ensure they are delivered to your local food bank or the Bishop’s Palace in Hereford by Tuesday 18 December. Do make sure the best before dates extend until January at least! A cash donation will help us to put fresh vegetables, fruit and cheese etc. in the hamper as well.
In Hereford, it is anticipated that twice as many emergency food parcels will have been provided this year compared to last year’s 133 parcels.
Christmas is going to be a busy time as we respond to people experiencing real poverty due to low incomes, the pressure of rising food prices and increased heating and fuel costs.
Cheques should be made payable to the Hereford Diocesan Social Aid Charity and sent to Jackie Boys, Social Responsibility Officer, Gateway Office, The Palace, Hereford HR4 9BL 01432 373311. For a poster email firstname.lastname@example.org or download here.
Republished from ‘Scooter’, December 2012