Today the Ilkeston Advertiser is calling on kind-hearted residents to spare some food to help fight poverty during the festive season.
We are launching our ‘Feed Our Families’ campaign in the run up to Christmas, by making sure our food banks are well stocked.
At a time when more and more people are battling against the breadline with household incomes at breaking point, people are still turning to the lifeline of food banks to put nutrition on the family table.
That’s why we at the paper are taking up the baton and asking you to get on board to boost the food bank by making a donation, no matter how small - every item counts.
Group editor Nancy Fielder said: “This isn’t about handing over cash. This isn’t about pricking your conscience.
“This is about something much more simple than that. This is about you having the power to improve lives - the lives of your neighbours, friends and colleagues.
“Take a look in your cupboards. Buy an extra tin when you do the weekly shop.”
The main food bank in Ilkeston is run by The Arena Church who also provide hot meals twice a week for people living on the poverty line.
People are not simply able to come in off the street to claim the food - care professionals such as doctors, health visitors, social workers, the Citizens Advice and the police identify those in crisis and issue them with a food bank voucher.
This can then be brought to the centre at Belfield Street where it can be redeemed for a food parcel. Lisa Harrison, community manager, told the Advertiser: “Now more than ever we are seeing working people turning to us for help.”
Help by donating non-perishable food and toiletries at permanent collection points at The Arena on Rutland Street.
For donations of food, furniture and clothing contact Lisa Harrison on 0115 944 2996.
More information can be found at arenachurch.co.uk
The need for food banks sees an increase at this time of year.