We are joining forces with the Trussell Trust to help collect items for festive parcels to send to local people in crisis this Christmas.
All of our branches are opening their doors to accept donations for Christmas parcels, which will be distributed by Foodbank to people in need all over the district.
Suitable items include Christmas pudding or cake, packets of crisps, boxes of chocolates, tinned corned beef or ham, tinned salmon or tuna, Christmas crackers, pasta and pasta sauce, jam or marmalade, instant potatoes or custard, packs of part-baked bread rolls, tins of soup, beans or fruit, fruit juice, tea and coffee.
Mullucks Wells Saffron Walden Branch Manager Nick Bush said: “We’re delighted to have the opportunity to help the Uttlesford Foodbank once again this year. Christmas is a time of year when we can take time to think about others less fortunate than ourselves. So we’re appealing to the public to bring us food and festive items which we can distribute around the area to those in the greatest need.”
Malcolm Domb, co-ordinator of the Uttlesford Food Bank said: “Anybody could find themselves in need of the foodbank – and not only at Christmas. Every week we meet local people like you or me who have been hit by something unavoidable – such as illness, a delay in welfare payments, or an unexpected bill, and are unable to afford food. It really is only with the community’s support that we’re able to provide vital emergency help where it matters and we’re constantly surprised and overwhelmed by local people’s generosity.”
The collection points will be open during ordinary office hours – Monday to Friday 9am-6pm, Saturdays 9am-4pm and Sundays 10am-1pm.
Nick Bush added: “We want as many people as possible to experience the enjoyment of the festive season. Even if it’s a small donation of food or a box of crackers, we know that they will go a long way to making the season special for those who would otherwise be having a tough time this Christmas.”