Linvoy launches harvest festival food mission

DONATIONS Tina Long, from the Co-op, the Salvation Army's Melvyn Thomas, Naomi Hargreaves from Faith & Football, Linvoy Primus and the Co-op's Tony Scott.   Picture: Sarah Standing (113821-4488)
DONATIONS Tina Long, from the Co-op, the Salvation Army's Melvyn Thomas, Naomi Hargreaves from Faith & Football, Linvoy Primus and the Co-op's Tony Scott. Picture: Sarah Standing (113821-4488)
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POMPEY legend Linvoy Primus has again launched a harvest festival food drive to help those in need.

This year the ex-defender’s charity Faith & Football has teamed up with the Southern Co-operative and Portsmouth FC to encourage people to donate non-perishable food items as part of his Bring Your Beans campaign.

The goods will be handed out from the Salvation Army, Portsmouth Food Bank, and St Simon’s Church Road, Southsea.

Fans favourite Linvoy came up with the idea last year. He said with everyday costs rising it is vital to offer a helping hand to people struggling to make ends meet.

‘It is becoming more and more important,’ he said. ‘When times are hard we have to do what we can.

‘Last year we thought it was a great opportunity to get something going, but I always wanted it to be an ongoing thing. And we have received some amazing support from the city council and Pompey supporters.’

The campaign is backed by partners including Affinion, Bridgeway Mercedes, TJ Waste and the Directory Group.

Melvin Thomas, Salvation Army community centre manager for the Lighthouse in Albert Road, Southsea, said food parcel requests have almost doubled since last year.

‘Really that extra packet of pasta can make all the difference,’ he said.

‘So for us this is a win-win situation. Linvoy knows that until quite recently we were having to go out and buy food ourselves.’

Food bins are stationed at the Pompey Megastore in Fratton Way, Fratton, and at Co-ops in Winter Road and Elm Grove, Southsea, Highland Road and Eastney Road, Eastney, and Tangier Road, Baffins.