Thanks to the overwhelming generosity of the local Cambridge community, Cambridge City Foodbank has received a record number of registrations for its annual Christmas Winter Hamper appeal.
Despite spiralling energy bills and rising food costs, members of the public and businesses across Cambridge have pledged to donate more than 750 hampers, smashing the previous record by over 100 pledges. The hampers will be filled with festive treats, as well as essential food and hygiene items.
Cambridge City Foodbank recently reported record demand between April and September 2022, with the Foodbank providing food support for almost 7,000 people. As the colder months draw in and demand continues to rise, the hampers will provide extra special support for the most vulnerable individuals across the city over the festive period.
Celebrating the support of the local community, Margaret Saner, CEO of Cambridge City Foodbank, commented: “Winter, and in particular, Christmas, can be a financially difficult time for many. We are so thankful to every individual and organisation that has pledged to support our hamper appeal this year. Smashing the record for pledges in the current climate really is an amazing feat, and a testament to the outstanding generosity of the people of Cambridge.”
In addition to the Christmas hampers, Cambridge City Foodbank has again partnered with Cambridge Sustainable Food and Cambridge City Council to provide families with fresh fruit and vegetables, as well as a toy or a game. While the target has been reached for hamper pledges, further toy and game donations are still required. If you wish to contribute to the appeal, you can do so here: https://www.cambridge.gov.uk/christmas-gifts-for-vulnerable-families