It’s been a busy December at the Andover foodbank with volunteers using donations from across the community to help reduce the financial pressure on local people and to make Christmas happy.
The foodbank has distributed nearly 650 Christmas gift boxes full of toys and gifts to care workers at agencies and schools including Childrens Services, the Andover Crisis and Support Centre, Vigo Junior School and Icknield School ready to be given to local children in need. In the past eleven years more than 5500 gift boxes have been distributed and helped to make Christmas happy for local children.
In addition to Christmas gifts the foodbank has distributed more than 180 Christmas food hampers full of treats including ham, stuffing, gravy, Christmas pudding, mince pies and chocolate to help people to celebrate with a festive meal.
The foodbank would like to thank the community for their very generous financial, food and gift box donations. Gift boxes were donated by individuals, staff at local companies including Simply Health and Artspace Interiors who donated boxes instead of having a Secret Santa! Boxes were also made up and donated by children at schools including Farleigh School and Bishop Challoner and the foodbank was able to use money donated by the Gannett Foundation for the project. Staff and parents from Little Fingers in Vernham Dean generously donated Christmas food at a carol concert.
Thank you to everyone who donated and helped us to help those in need this Christmas!