A foodbank that puts dinner on the table for more than 500 families each month is asking people to put together Christmas hampers for those facing a cash crisis this festive season.
Bedford Foodbank is seeing rising numbers of people requiring its service and in both October and July this year, for the first time, it provided food to more than 600 people.
The charity has already received requests for more than 500 Christmas hampers - an extra 100 compared to last year - so donations are essential. Supporters are being asked to fill a box with the items listed on the foodbank’s shopping list at bedford.foodbank.org.uk, contribute to a hamper by purchasing one or two items from the list or donate the cost of a box - £25 for a family or £10 for a couple.
Assistant project manager Andrea Badman, who believes the numbers of people needing help will continue to climb in 2015, said: “Any help would be appreciated.”
Completed Christmas hampers, donated items and funds can be dropped off at All Nations Church, Brickhill Drive on Sunday, December 14 from 3pm to 6pm and Monday, December 15 from 9.30am to 11.30am.
The good cause, which sees people referred to them through various agencies, also needs volunteers to lend a hand from working in the warehouse to helping with supermarket collections.