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Christmas gifts for vulnerable families

This December, we will work with our partners in the Cambridge Food Poverty Alliance to provide much-needed support to local families. Based on last year’s efforts, we hope to help about 500 families.

We’ll send a food parcel to each family, including fresh food to help them provide a good meal at Christmas. It will also have a range of traditional goods like puddings, biscuits and treats, which most of us take for granted, and a gift.

Some of the packages will be distributed at food hubs and events held by local groups and organisations, and some will be delivered direct to families.

How you can help

Donate food

We hope to deliver more than 500 food hampers to vulnerable families via Cambridge City Foodbank.

The best way to help is to put together a food hamper of non-perishable goods and deliver it to Cowley Road in early December.

We also welcome donations of food items. We can take non-perishable items at any time or you can vouch to deliver fresh food from mid-December.

Donate a game or gift

We’ll include a gift in each food package. In most cases this will be a game, but we’ll send something else appropriate for families with younger children.

Lighthouse Toys, a local supplier, will deliver all gifts bought from them to us for free. We have compiled a wishlist on their website and another with John Lewis. Feel free to use other suppliers if you prefer – please buy family games or non-gendered items suitable for toddlers.

Send your gifts to Buchan Street Neighbourhood Centre, 6 Buchan Street, Cambridge CB4 2XF, or deliver them between 10am and 2pm, Monday to Friday.

Donate your time

We will welcome offers of help to pack and deliver the parcels between 14 and 23 December.

Let us know if you think you might be able to help, and we’ll contact you in December to arrange it.