Worcester Foodbank needs gift cards and treats for Christmas donations

WORCESTER Food Bank is appealing for supermarket gift cards to help weather the ‘imminent storm’.

The food bank recently released its Christmas shopping list for 2022, and the top priority for this year is gift cards.

Grahame Lucas, director of Worcester Foodbank, said the “looming storm” caused by the cost of living crisis and rising energy bills has forced the food bank to change the way it operates.

He said: “Things have been very busy this year in the run up to Christmas. Last month we saw a 33% increase in demand for our service compared to October 2021.

“It really confirmed our fears about the effects of rising bills. For many Christmas is a wonderful time, but for many others it’s a really tough time of year.

“We have spent the past six weeks reorganizing the food bank ready for the impending storm, ensuring we have the space and items needed.”

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Mr Lucas also said that due to the fact that donations leaned towards cash rather than food items, it meant that volunteers took more time to collect bulk items themselves.

In addition to gift cards, the association also puts together seasonal Christmas packs so that those who need its services can still enjoy traditional festive treats and snacks.

This year, 11 objects have been referenced to the public if they wish to contribute to the Christmas packs.

These elements include:

  • Christmas cake
  • Minced meat
  • chutney
  • Cranberry sauce
  • Pickled beetroot
  • pickled onions
  • cheese cookies
  • Salty snacks (no nuts)
  • Drum Cheeselet
  • Twiglet Drum
  • Chocolates

For the store, the food bank also appeals for dried stuffings, gravy pellets, bread sauce and canned ham.

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Worcester Foodbank also accepts cash and gift cards to allow staff to buy what they need.

The food bank can only accept donations of unopened and undamaged products that are still within their expiration date.

To donate, you can visit the Worcester Foodbank at Unit 7, Lowesmoor Wharf, or participating local supermarkets and organisations.

To donate online you can visit www.worcester.foodbank.org.uk.

Michael N. Clark