A scheme which provides emergency food parcels for people facing temporary financial problems had their busiest Christmas yet.

Due to a bumper Christmas, Hambleton FoodShare was able to meet the increase in demand for food parcels giving out over 200 food parcels and  36 special Christmas parcels bringing a bit of cheer to those who may have struggled over the festive period.

“We were overwhelmed with the support we received last month both in goods and financially, and wish to say a huge thank you,” said Margaret Brice, FoodShare Co-ordinator.

“Although we gave out more parcels than ever before, we are conscious that there are still people out there who do not know there is a food bank in their community and what help they can receive. No-one will be judged for asking for help in such difficult circumstances –  we are just keen that the food most generously given is going to those in need.

“Please help spread the word about our service which covers the whole of Hambleton, you may never know when you or someone you know may need our help.”

The community led partnership provides a three day food parcel to people in immediate financial crisis through unemployment, incapacity, a delay in benefit payment or other reasons that mean there is no food on the table. The volunteer-led food store is open every Monday between 4pm and 6pm at the Zion United Reformed Church in Northallerton with a satellite scheme in Bedale. We can also arrange for parcels to be delivered to those living in all other areas of Hambleton, liaising with our partner agencies.

To receive emergency food help customers can either call the number or come to Zion on Monday themselves without a referral. They will then be guided to help for further visits.

For further information or to help with advertising please contact:

Co-ordinator Margaret Brice 07514244158 or info@hambletonfoodshare.org.uk  or visit www.hambletonfoodshare.org.uk which also lists what food items they are short of.