Harvest provides a boost for Christmas

Harvest collections this year has brought in a record 13 tonnes of food to the Warehouse - providing a much needed boost in time for Christmas. 

Every year Swindon Foodbank receives extraordinary support from churches and schools around Swindon giving harvest collections. In 2011 we have received a record 13 tonnes from over 100 schools and churches - with some collections still coming in. This is a significant increase from the 9.5 tonnes received at harvest time in 2010. The sheer amount of food coming into the Warehouse was overwhelming, and we are so grateful to the many extra volunteers who gave their time throughout October to help us collect, sort and distribute the harvest haul. We had approximately 80 volunteers in through the doors giving up their time to help. 

The collections through harvest are vital to re-stock the warehouse in advance of Christmas, which always sees an increase in the number of families needing to be supported. Though we can never predict exactly how many extra people we will feed over the festive period, this year we are expecting to feed in the region of 450 people facing crisis during December. 

Finding yourself in financial crisis is a struggle at any time of year, but the festive season makes it particularly hard to face, when surrounded by the Christmas celebrations which you may not be able to join in with. It's even more important then that Swindon Foodbank has a good supply of food so that we are able to help every single person who is referred to us. 

We like to do a little extra to support and encourage those who come to us for support through the Christmas holidays - so at this time of year food boxes also contain extra Christmas treats - such as a Christmas pudding, box of chocolates or even some Christmas crackers! It's great to let those in difficulties know that they don't just have to survive Christmas - but can still enjoy the holidays. 

As well as the usual items on the Foodbank Shopping list we're asking supporters to give a little 'something extra' to go in as a Christmas treat. Food donations can be dropped off at Swindon Restore, at St John's Church, Whitbourne Avenue. 


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