Help Morecambe Bay Foodbank at Christmas by using 'drive-in and drop-off' donation days

Morecambe Bay Foodbank needs your help this Christmas!

Friday, 11th December 2020, 11:35 am
Updated Friday, 11th December 2020, 11:40 am
Foodbank manager Annette Smith at the Morecambe Bay Foodbank base in The Platform.

You are invited to the foodbank this Saturday (December 12) and next Saturday, December 19, to drop off food in a safe and socially distanced way to help put a smile on the faces of children and families this festive season.

The foodbank - based at The Platform on Marine Road Central in Morecambe - will be hosting special drive-in and drop-off donation days.

People are invited to bring donations of food to the foodbank by vehicle or on foot and everyone is welcome.

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Examples of items in a foodbank Christmas box.

Annette Smith, Morecambe Bay Foodbank manager, said: "Christmas is always a busy time of year and what's more, we're in the middle of a pandemic - so we need your support like never before.

"Each year at Christmas we've always had an open day and invited people in.

"Due to Covid, we can't do that this year, and have had to change our ways of working. So we had to find a way for you to donate to us.

"So on the next two Saturdays, you can come to the Morecambe Festival Market car park at the back of The Platform, and our volunteers will help you unload your vehicle, or be there so you can pass things out through the car, or you can walk in to donate too."

Volunteers at work in the foodbank base at The Platform in Morecambe.

Annette said the foodbank is particularly looking for items that can go in special 'Christmas boxes' of food and goodies to give to struggling families.

"We're looking for items like small fruitcakes or tins of ham," she said.

"We also put selection boxes in to our Christmas boxes, and beautiful big packets of sweets and lots of goodies, because everyone needs to feel valued and important.

"We want to make it a special Christmas for the kids and to do that, we rely on your donations."

Foodbank manager Annette Smith at the Morecambe Bay Foodbank base in The Platform.

Last December the foodbank had a total of 489 referrals of people who needed donations of food, in addition to other local families the foodbank helps at Christmas time.

This year in the first week of December, the foodbank has already made 372 deliveries to people who are in need of food in the Morecambe Bay area.

The donation days run from 9am to 4pm.

For more information on Morecambe Bay Foodbank go online (|here}

Foodbank manager Annette Smith at the Morecambe Bay Foodbank base in The Platform.