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Christmas gifts for vulnerable families

This December, we will work with our partners Cambridge City Food Bank and Cambridge Sustainable Food to provide much-needed support to local families. Based on last year’s efforts, we hope to help at least 650 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 where possible a game or toy.

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 650 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 Unit 2, Orwell House, Cambridge CB4 0PP in early December.

We also welcome donations of food items. If you or your business can donate fresh fruit or vegetables, please contact louise@cambridgesustainablefood.org or phone 07818 116059.

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 or deliver your gifts to Clay Farm Centre, Hobson Square, Trumpington, Cambridge CB2 9FN, or deliver them between 10am and 6pm, Monday to Friday.

Donate money

If you would like to help us with a financial donation, please send it to Cambridge Sustainable Food CIC.

The sort code is 608301 and the account number is 20393425. Please use ‘Xmas’ as the reference.

Donate your time

We welcome offers of help to pack and deliver the parcels in December.

We are building a database of potential volunteers. Contact becca@cambridgesustainablefood.org if you think you might be able to help, and we’ll contact you in December to arrange it.