Final push to spread festive cheer with food

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WE’RE on a countdown to Christmas – and there’s just four days left to donate to our campaign to give a festive feast to families in need.

Over the last five weeks, readers have been generously donating items from Agape Care Foodbank’s Christmas wishlist in a bid to make Christmas a happier time for those living in crisis.

The charity joined forces with our sister paper, the Spalding Guardian, to launch the appeal for the items to add to special Christmas Day hampers and called on Lincolnshire Free Press readers to pitch in too.

As the deadline for donating items approaches at noon on Friday, we’re asking everyone to dig deep one final time.

Agape Care Foodbank project manager Paul Walker said: “There has been a huge response by the agencies we work with and some of the cases are some very heart rendering stories.

“The quality of items donated so far has been incredible. People have been donating some top-quality brand products for the appeal.

“It’s been amazing. We’re hoping that every family that has been nominated will be able to get a hamper.”

The hampers will be supplemented by seasonal vegetables, which are being donated by Butterwick-based Produce World Marshalls.

Negotiations are currently ongoing to find a supplier to include meat into the parcels.

The Christmas shopping wishlist is packed full of a variety of tinned and dried goods. It is hoped the hampers will include cranberry sauce, bread sauce, stuffing, gravy granules, Christmas cake, savoury snacks, Pringles, Christmas pudding, crackers, selection boxes and chocolate mints.

The items will be parcelled up and distributed to nominated families and individuals next week.

More than 30 have been put forward so far and agencies working with the foodbank still have time to put other nominations in.

Items can be taken to one of the drop-off points at our offices in The Crescent, Spalding, Lighthouse Church in Haverfield Road, Spalding, Sainsbury’s in Holland Market, Spalding, and Market House in Long Sutton.