Urgent call for food donations as demand rises

Running low: Leader of Preston Salvation Army Captain Alex Cadogan is appealing for more donations after an increased demand from his food bank

Running low: Leader of Preston Salvation Army Captain Alex Cadogan is appealing for more donations after an increased demand from his food bank

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Preston’s Salvation Army has issued an urgent appeal for food donations this Christmas.

Stocks at the charity’s Harrington Street base are so low, volunteers are warning families may have to go without supplies.

Gary Wood said: “We run a food bank all year round, but at Christmas we help needy families by putting together food parcels with toys.

“We’ve got plenty of toys, but we’re running very low on food.

“Our basic necessities are depleted and we’ve warned families that the parcels may have to be reduced or they might not get any at all, which would be terrible.

“People have been very generous donating things to us, but the need is greater this year.

“Last year we helped 200 families with parcels, and this year we’ve got about 250 that have been referred to us from the likes of social services.”

The charity is primarily looking for donations of tinned, non-perishable goods including potatoes, peas, carrots, spaghetti, rice pudding and custard.

They are also looking for dry foods such as noodles, packets of savory rice, Christmas treats like chocolates and mine pies as well as coffee and long-life milk.

Gary added: “We’re only on the first week of putting together these parcels together and we’re already struggling. We hope this urgent appeal can help us for coming weeks and stop us struggling in New Year too.”

Donations can be dropped off at the Harrington Street base from 9.30am to 3pm on week days apart from Thursday when it opens from 9.30am till noon.