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Christmas hampers to needy families!

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Volunteers from Canterbury Food Bank spent the whole of Saturday packing and distributing 35 Christmas food hampers to clients of the Christians Against Poverty Debt Counselling service in the Canterbury District.

The festive hampers included Christmas puddings, mince pies, cakes, snacks, crisps and other seasonal goodies, as well as chocolate selection boxes and sweets for households with children, crackers and a small Christmas gift for each family member. The Food Bank also provided regular parcels of food staples to help the families manage their tight budgets over the festive period.

Volunteers have also been busy packing again this week to provide an additional 20 hampers for other needy families identified through local primary school contacts. We expect to give out a record number of regular parcels this Friday and volunteers are working round the clock to ensure sufficient stocks of food are available at distribution centres for clients referred to the service by local agencies.

Director Chrissie Barr says: "Thanks to the overwhelming support and generosity of people across the district, we've been able to give away an unprecedented amount of festive food and daily essentials to help local people in need over the Christmas period. We are also extremely grateful for the support of The Rotary Club, whose members - with a bit of help from Santa - have worked tirelessly to collect both food and money on our behalf during their evening tours of the city's streets."