13:37 Friday 06 December 2013

Demand for festive food parcels doubles since 2012

Written byMARK MCKAY

A FOOD bank charity will include festive treats in handouts this month - after revealing demand for parcels had doubled since last year.

The Salvation Army, which has a food bank in Mosley Street, Burton, will include mince pies and toys in the 180 Christmas parcels which charity estimated it will deliver - up from 92 parcels in 2012.

Vic Wileman, of the Salvation Army said the parcels would put a smile on the face of those who would otherwise go without.

He said: “These parcels will go to the families who have nothing and will deliver a bit of festive cheer.

“The important thing is that it shows someone out there is caring for them.

“Demand has effectively doubled from what we experienced last year.”

The Salvation Army delivered 84 parcels last month and 660 parcels so far in 2013 - the same as 10,472 days worth of meals.

Mr Wileman said the charity simply would have been able to cope with the increased demand without the generosity people and organisations in the county which had donated to the Salvation Army.

He said: “We are very fortunate that people out there, whether they are individuals, companies, churches and schools have collected food.

“We send them all a thank you letter because we could not do it without their efforts.

“Without them donating food we just could not do it.

“We are just the people who deliver the parcels, it’s the other people who have donated which enables us to take it to these people.”

Mr Wileman also praised the charity’s loyal legion of volunteers who take the time to carry out the deliveries.

He said: “The volunteers who deliver these parcels save their holiday time to do so.

“Sometimes they are down packing the parcels until gone 9pm and then deliver them on their way home or before they go to work the next morning.”

Donations can be made to the Salvation Army food bank at the Sainsbury’s store in Union Street.

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