People looking to contribute to food hampers for the less fortunate this Christmas can now drop off donations at City Hall.
Bristol City Council are supporting the charity Feeding Bristol by becoming a collection point for people in the city to donate food to make sure that others do not go hungry this festive season.
Food collected will be mainly used to prepare free Christmas food hampers for those in need. The food will be managed and distributed by FareShare South West to local community organisations and children centres in time for Christmas.
For the Christmas campaign, Feeding Bristol would like to provide treats and luxury items including:
- Christmas biscuits and cakes
- Christmas chocolates
- Mince pies and Christmas pudding
- Dried fruits and nuts
- Tinned ham
- Sponge puddings
They are unable to accept any alcohol, or chilled and frozen foods. But other staple ingredients are also appreciated.
Councillor Anna Keen, cabinet member for education, is a trustee of the charity. She said: “No one should have to struggle to feed themselves at Christmas – or at any other time of the year.
“We have opened up our doors at City Hall and 100 Temple Street to enable staff and members of the public to donate items for families in need this Christmas.
“We are working with partners across the city to try and find an end to food poverty, and if we all work together we can make sure that everyone in our city has enough food to eat.”
Feeding Bristol is a charity focused on tackling food insecurity and includes projects to ensure people in the city do not go hungry when facing challenging periods in their lives. As well as supporting people in immediate need, they are also working to support families and individuals on a long basis and to influence policy to make food poverty a thing of the past.
You can take your donations to front reception at City Hall or the Citizen Service Point at 100 Temple Street between now and Thursday, December 12.
To find out more about Feeding Bristol, visit http://www.feedingbristol.org