Our Christmas Food Appeal 2014 has launched

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IT’S Christmas time and as most of us are out shopping for the best gifts and preparing for a roast turkey dinner, there are many people across our area who have nothing to look forward to.

So The News is bringing back its Christmas Food Appeal to help those in need.

27/11/2014 (RS)''The News Christmas Food Appeal at Sainsbury's in Farlington on Thursday (l-r) Irene Mills, code control, Simon Church, Sainsbury's store manager in Farlington, Natalie Hanchett, community programme director for The Salvation Army and Vicki Tupper, colleague, with some of the Christmas Food Appeal items.''Picture: Sarah Standing (143381-9055) PPP-141127-151800001

27/11/2014 (RS)''The News Christmas Food Appeal at Sainsbury's in Farlington on Thursday (l-r) Irene Mills, code control, Simon Church, Sainsbury's store manager in Farlington, Natalie Hanchett, community programme director for The Salvation Army and Vicki Tupper, colleague, with some of the Christmas Food Appeal items.''Picture: Sarah Standing (143381-9055) PPP-141127-151800001

Supermarkets across the area have agreed to support the appeal.

All we ask is that you buy an extra item when you go shopping and put it in our trolley on the way out.

The food will then be distributed to food banks, refuges and shelters.

Natalie Hanchett is from the Salvation Army in Portsmouth. She said: ‘It’s great because it will bring a great awareness around the city of the very real need that is out there.

‘It means that the people of Portsmouth can do something really worthwhile and make someone’s Christmas really special.’

Over the past year, around 700 food parcels have been delivered by the Salvation Army to people who are living in poverty and need a helping hand.

Every year, volunteers make up Christmas parcels to individuals and families in need over the festive period.

Last year they made more than 60 hampers.

‘The demand last winter was really high,’ Natalie added.

‘People have had issues with benefits being delayed and unemployment.

‘If people are struggling Christmas time can be a really depressing time.

‘So to receive something extra special can brighten up their Christmas.

‘No matter how small it is, the impact it can have on somebody is really quite important.

Sainsbury’s in Farlington is one of the stores backing the appeal.

Simon Church, store manager said: ‘It’s important for us as a retailer in this area to support the local community.

‘Clearly Christmas is a very special time for families when people like to celebrate and enjoy the time.

‘We are very conscious of the fact that not everybody can afford these luxuries and we are asking our customers to donate something small to give back to the community.’

Where can you donate Christmas food to our appeal?

PORTSMOUTH

- Sainsbury’s, Farlington

- Asda, Fratton

- Tesco, Crasswell Street

- Morrisons, Anchorage Park

- Morrisons, Victory Retail Park

- Sainsbury’s, Commercial Road

- Salvation Army, Lake Road, Monday - Friday, 10am to 3pm

- Pompey in the Community, Anson Road, Fratton, Monday - Friday, 9am to 5pm

- The News, Lakeside, North Harbour

WATERLOOVILLE

- Morrisons, Horndean

- Asda, Portland Road

- Sainsburys, Hambledon Road (opens on Wednesday)

- Waterlooville Food Bank, Monday - 9.30am to 11.30am, Friday - 12pm to 2pm, Wecock Church, Kite Close

FAREHAM

- Asda, Speedfields Park

- Sainsbury’s, Broadcut

- Tesco, Quay Street

- Fareham and Gosport Basics Food Bank, Mon/Wed/Fri - 1pm to 3pm, Aspect House, Westbury Road, Fareham.

- The News, West Street

GOSPORT

- Morrisons, Walpole Road

- Tesco, Alver Valley

HAVANT

- Portsdown Community Church, weekday mornings 10am to 12.30pm, The Beacon, 69-73 Meridian Centre, Havant

Shopping list (the most wanted items of food)

- Biscuits

- Christmas cake

- Chocolates

- Mince pies

- Christmas pudding

- Jam

- Marmalade

- Hot chocolate

- Sweets

- Tinned fruit

- Tinned vegetables

- Baked beans

- Rice

- Pasta

- UHT milk

- Powdered milk

- Sugar

- Tinned soup

- Soup in a packet

- Tinned tomatoes

- Cereals

- Tinned pudding

- Tea and coffee

- Instant mash

- Chickpeas/lentils

- Tinned meats/tuna

- Long-life fruit juice

- Tinned curry