Rotherham charity launches food appeal to help those less fortunate

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A CHARITY which helps people in Rotherham struggling to buy food has launched its Christmas appeal.

Rotherham’s Food for People in Crisis Partnership is calling on residents in the town to donate food or cash to help those less fortunate, who are struggling to feed themselves and their families.

The partnership, made up of a dozen different organisations across the borough, offers food parcels or hot meals to those in need.

Nikky Wilson, a support worker, said: “We are asking people to help simply by buying an extra tin or packet when they do their shopping and leaving it in one of our Food in Crisis collection boxes.

“We’re setting up a network of these boxes across the borough.

“If people prefer to make a cash donation, which we’ll then use to buy food, we’re happy to receive those too.

“We know there are people out there who are generous and caring about others less fortunate than themselves.”

Catherine Dodd, from Wath Salvation Army, said: “We want to be able to offer a hot meal or a packed lunch to people in need every day during the holiday and this money has given a great boost to all our plans but we will still need to buy more food to deal with other requests for help. That’s why we’re asking Rotherham people to help.

“From small beginnings come great things. If lots of people donate food or money, we can make sure those who find themselves without food don’t go hungry at Christmas.”

n For information about the appeal or to request a food collection box, call Nikky on 01709 829821.