THANK you! That’s the message from us at the Observer – and two charity groups in the area, which will be distributing dozens of bagfuls of food to needy local families.
We launched our Christmas trEATS campaign last month, asking you to bring in non-perishable goods for the Chichester and Bognor Regis foodbanks.
And you responded with an enormous amount of festive goodwill, bringing us chocolates, mince pies, cakes and biscuits, as well as essential staples like pasta, flour and sugar.
More than 45 bags crammed with tasty treats were brought in to the Observer offices in Chichester during December. And many, many more bags of food flowed through our doors in Bognor too.
Generous readers also dug deep to support the campaign, pledging £200 in total to the Trussell Trust which runs the foodbanks across the UK.
Observer editor-in-chief Colin Channon was delighted with the success of the campaign, which clearly touched readers’ hearts.
“The response was just fantastic – it was great to see people being so generous at a time of year when things can be tight,” he said.
“Many readers were just adding an item or two to their weekly shop, and then bringing it in so it could end up on the table of someone who needed it more than they do. What’s more festive than that? Our thanks go to all.”
A busy month...
December proved to be a busy month for both local foodbanks, with more people than ever needing a helping hand.
The Bognor Regis branch, based at Vineyard Church Office, 5a Waterloo Square, gave away three times more food than any other month since it opened in April.
Co-ordinator Sandie Bolton thanked all those who had given to the appeal. “Thanks very much for your support over Christmas. The donations of food certainly helped... The demand post-Christmas has slowed a little, but a far wider range of agencies are referring clients to us, which is great.”
And in Chichester, the week before Christmas was ‘especially busy’ at the foodbank, according to co-ordinator Joanna Kondabeka.
“We are really, really grateful to the Observer for running the appeal and for its readers that have supported us, and will continue to support us. If they know anyone in crisis, they should get in touch with us.”
To contact the Chichester foodbank, based in Chichester Family Church, 21 Orchard Street, email email@example.com
For enquiries in Bognor, call 01243 861113 or email BognorFB@hotmail.co.uk