For the 6th year running the Churches Together Food Bank is running its Christmas Parcels campaign. The idea flowed out of an observation that many people who feel they do not require access to a Food Bank during the year because they are ‘managing’, find Christmas a burden. Our campaign seeks to offer a bit of ‘light’ and kindness in this season to individuals and families who struggle at this time. Our campaign is one way the local churches seek to communicate to the community that we care.

During the Pandemic in 2020 the Christmas Food Parcels project had an incredible response to the Christmas Parcels campaign. We collected over 1400 items and gave out 60 parcels. This was an incredible achievement and thinking about it reminds me our community is immensely kind and generous.

It is time to start collecting for this year. At the time of writing I am mindful the cut in Universal Credit has been made and fuel costs are expected to rise. It seems as if the need simply isn’t going away.

The list of items we want to collect this year are as below:

Christmas Cake

Panettone

Christmas Pudding

Stollen

Mince Pies

Christmas Biscuits & Cakes

Christmas Crackers

Crisps /savoury snacks

Christmas Tree Chocolates/Sweets

Tins of Custard

Christmas Chocolates & sweets (adults and children)

Any of the local churches in London Colney can be used to drop off donations. All donations must be received by Sunday 12th December.

To receive a Christmas Parcel an individual or family must be nominated. Nominations can be agreed by any of the local church ministers or leaders of London Colney Faith groups, through the local Primary Schools or the Parish Council. The number of parcels given out will depend on the amount of donations and so we cannot promise everyone who asks will receive one. All nominations must be received by Sunday 12th December.