WHILE many of us will be tucking into a feast of food this Christmas, others are not so fortunate.
So this year The News is launching a huge festive food appeal in a bid to put a smile on people’s faces over the festive period.
Supermarkets across the area have agreed to support the appeal – all we ask is that you add an extra item to your shopping and put it in our trolley on your way out.
The food will then be distributed to food banks across the area, which will be turned into Christmas hampers to give out to the poor and the homeless.
Plus, we’re looking for butchers to donate turkeys for festive meals being held for the needy or isolated people on Christmas Day itself.
Martin Mant, of the Portsmouth Food Bank in Elm Grove, said: ‘I’m really amazed and encouraged that The News is going to do something about this, particularly at Christmas. It means we are going to be able to feed hungry people.
‘We had got to the stage where we were wondering how we were going to fund Christmas hampers.
‘So to find out that people across the city would be supporting people makes a huge difference.
‘It means we are able to bring a little Christmas cheer to people.
‘Across the area people are generous so we know there’s going to be a lot of food so we will be able to help lots of families.’
With the numbers of jobless rising in these gloomy economic times, many more are becoming dependent on the Portsmouth Food Bank.
In fact, the city bank is the ninth busiest in the country.
Mr Mant said: ‘I have got incredible confidence in the people of Portsmouth that as they are aware of the need, they will give.
‘Don’t ever feel that your small donation doesn’t matter – it makes a huge difference to people who have got nothing.
‘Don’t think “this is just a Christmas pudding” because for somebody who has nothing, that’s their pudding on Christmas Day.’
Mr Mant said providing food for families might enable them to buy gifts for their children.
‘It may mean the difference between mum or dad being able to buy a Christmas present or not,’ he said.
To kick off the appeal, Asda in Fratton has filled a trolley full of food to donate to the appeal.
Store manager Steve Taylor said: ‘We are so big in the local community that it’s important that we look after people that are in need of help at this time of year.
‘It’s important that we do our bit.’
WHERE YOU CAN DONATE
· Tesco, Crasswell Street
· Tesco, Clement Atlee Way, North Harbour
· Sainsbury’s, Commercial Road
· Sainsbury’s, Fitzherbert Road, Farlington
· Asda, Bridge Shopping Centre, Fratton
· Morrisons, Anchorage Park
· Portsmouth Food Bank, Kings Church, Elm Grove.
Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 12pm until 2pm
· Morrisons, Lakesmere Road, Horndean
· Asda, Larchwood Avenue, Bedhampton
· Asda, Portland Road, Waterlooville
· Tesco, Solent Road
· Leigh Park Baptist Church, Stockheath Road.
Monday - Thursday from 9am to 12pm
· Asda, Speedfields Park
· Tesco, Quay Street
· Sainsbury’s, Broadcut
· Fareham and Gosport Basics Bank, Aspect House, Westbury Road, Fareham. Open Monday and Friday - 1pm until 3pm, Wednesday 12.30pm until 1.30pm.
· Morrisons, Walpole Road
· Jacobs Well Church, Layton Road, Bridgemary 10am to midday on Tuesdays.
· The News Centre, Hilsea
· Gosport office, 42 High Street, Gosport
· Fareham office, 88 West Street, Fareham
· Havant office, 7 West Strreet, Havant
Alcohol free wine
Box of chocolates
Jar of sauce for chicken
Tin of fruit
Chocolate selection boxes