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Food bank ‘is essential’ for people in need

Becki Simmons and 

staff colleagues at the Waterlooville Food Bank in Wecock Farm are getting ready for the Christmas period with help from The News food appeal. 
Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (133315-1)

Becki Simmons and staff colleagues at the Waterlooville Food Bank in Wecock Farm are getting ready for the Christmas period with help from The News food appeal. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (133315-1)

EVERY day, staff at the Gosport Citizens Advice Bureau see people in desperate need of help.

So they are fully behind the News Christmas food appeal, which bids to help people in need of food at this festive time of year.

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So far, readers in Gosport have been the most generous with trollies filling up at supermarkets.

Tina Neessen is the service manager at the Gosport Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB).

She said the News food appeal is a great idea.

‘It’s essential,’ she said. ‘We have volunteers here who work at the food bank so we know when they are running low.

‘We give out vouchers for people to be able to collect food from the food banks.

‘The need is obviously there with people getting sanctioned for benefits.

‘Often what we can offer them is a food voucher. It’s a vital resource for people.

‘We get people coming in and sometimes they are embarrassed to ask for it.

‘But it’s so important for them.

‘At this time of year I would imagine it would be really essential.’

And Tina said people are grateful for the support.

‘People come to us because they are absolutely desperate,’ she said.

‘We do as much as we can. When people get their benefits stopped they rely on food banks.’

Supermarkets across the area have agreed to support our appeal.

All we ask is that you buy an extra item from the shopping list when you go shopping and place it in a special News trolley 
on your way out at the 
shops listed in the panel on this page.

All food must be non-perishable items.

The food will then be distributed to local food banks and churches across the area using Christmas hampers.

Meanwhile, businesses and local firms are being encouraged to support the appeal too.

To get on board, please call (023) 9262 2131.

 

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