Readers bring in Christmas joy to people in need following food donations

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Just a few weeks ago we urged our readers to help bring Christmas cheer to people who were struggling to afford to eat. Your response was amazing.

It helped foodbanks across our region collect tonnes of food which will give thousands of families and individuals a happier and less stressful festive season.

Johnston Press newspapers in Lincolnshire, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, and south Norfolk joined the Feed our Families campaign.

We called on readers to donate food and Christmas treats to the foodbanks in their own towns.

One foodbank organiser said the generosity of people this year had been overwhelming.

Another said he could not overestimate the value of the campaign.

In Louth the numbers for food parcels have decreased which co-ordinators are pleased about, but still aim to offer help and support when needed.

Greg Gilbert, one of the co-ordinators for the Louth Community Food Larder commented: “The larder is continuing support for people in Louth and surrounding areas, but it hasn’t seen the activity this year compared to last thankfully. We believe this is mainly due to a stabilisation in benefit claims.

“We have managed to build up stocks from successful harvest festival collections. Additionally we have received some generous cash donations which we are hoping will see us through 2016.

“However, with the implementation of Universal Credit in 2016 we anticipate additional pressure being placed on our current resources.

“We shall continue to raise the profile of the Larder and we will be pleased to receive any donations in both cash and or food.”