Food is piling in – but keep donating to our festive food appeal

The 'Food Bank' at Kings Church on Elm Grove Southsea has been overwhelmed with requests for food parcels ''(left to right) Volunteers - Richard Lytle (65), co-ordinator Jackie Peters (67), and Chris Coomber (67) ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (133497-3772)
The 'Food Bank' at Kings Church on Elm Grove Southsea has been overwhelmed with requests for food parcels ''(left to right) Volunteers - Richard Lytle (65), co-ordinator Jackie Peters (67), and Chris Coomber (67) ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (133497-3772)

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GENEROUS donations have been pouring in at the Portsmouth Food Bank as part of this year’s Christmas appeal.

Launched by The News, the appeal aims to give those in need extra food at this festive time of year.

Jackie Peters is co-ordinator of the city food bank, which is in Elm Grove.

She said it has been very successful so far.

‘It’s been amazing. We have had so many more donations. It’s incredible. We have had little old men coming in with tins of food. It’s been lovely.’

Jackie added that a lot of the food is put away into storage.

‘As far as we can we put it into storage so that when we aren’t getting the donations we still have plenty of food,’ she said.

The need across the city is growing and last Friday staff at the food bank had more than 40 vouchers for food parcels.

Each parcel contains an emergency food ration designed to last around three days.

She added: ‘There are a variety of reasons why people are in need.

‘A lot of them are to do with benefit delays or low income.’

As it is Christmas time, special hampers are being made up to donate food to support families in need.

‘Some people are overwhelmed,’ added Jackie.

‘I’ve had people weeping on my shoulder. Some people are quite embarrassed about coming in but they are very grateful.

‘Families are especially grateful.

‘With everything that’s going on, everybody is having chocolates and all sorts of things.

‘Now, we can just supply them with those extra bits and pieces.’

Supermarkets across the area have agreed to support our appeal.

Many trollies are full to the brim, with readers making generous donations to the campaign.

All we ask is that you buy an extra item from the shopping list, right, when you go shopping and place it in a special News trolley on your way out.

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, in time for the big day on December 25.

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

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