Broughton Astley Parish Council

Serving the people of Broughton Astley

Clerk: Debbie Barber
Council Office, Station Road
Broughton Astley, Leicester

Foodbank Christmas Appeal

Foodbank Christmas Appeal

Dear Supporters,

We do hope that you are all safe and well as we move towards the end of the year once again. It has certainly been a turbulent year again but one in which we have been overwhelmed by your wonderful generosity.

We are so grateful to every one of you who has generously donated money and supplies to us as part of your Harvest celebrations. We have been very busy over the past weeks and months, seeing more and more clients referred to us because of job losses, illness, or changes to their circumstances because of the pandemic. Indeed, we have seen a 4% increase in the number of 3-day food parcels donated to our clients since January, in comparison to the same time last year. This increase is on top of the almost 80% increase we saw last year as a result of the pandemic. There are still many more challenges ahead, as we start to feel the effects of the reducing of mitigations introduced to support people during the pandemic such as the £20 Universal credit uplift.
Thank you to you all for supporting us so that we have been able to meet that sustained increase in need in our communities.

If you are in need or know someone who is, do contact one of our local referral agencies to access our support:

Harborough District:

Citizens Advice - 0300 3302 111
Harborough District Council Community Hub
St Mary's Church Office - 01455 558797
Local Area Coordinator- Lynne McConnachie 07889 806 061

Blaby District:

Blaby DC Community Hub -
Local Area Coordinator (Blaby District) Jennifer Fielding - 07739035296/ 0116 3059647
Citizens Advice - 0300 3302 111

Our thoughts are now turning to Christmas and so as we asked at Harvest, if you are wishing to support us this Christmas time, please would you consider giving a financial donation instead of festive items? A financial gift will help to make our services sustainable and allow us to plan for the future, keeping our operation Covid-secure and our volunteers safe.

If you would like to support us in this way; please do clickhereto donate online or check out our website for details on how to make a donation.

Could you perhaps sign up to give a regular monthly donation to us? Or are you part of an organisation or business who might like to support us financially?

Alternatively, if you would prefer to donate food, please do check the poster below, plus our website and social media pages for details of our most-needed items, so that we can ensure that valuable storage space is dedicated to the most essential food parcel items.

We know how generous our community is in wanting to provide extra Christmas treats for our clients, so we are planning to offer all our clients who are referred to us in December a supermarket gift voucher along with their food parcel. This will allow our clients to access items that we are unable to provide and to give them an opportunity to choose their own Christmas treats for their family. If you would like to support us with this, then please do make a financial donation as above. All donations will be very gratefully received.

Thank you all for your continued support; may you all have a peaceful Christmas.

With our very best wishes

Lucy Freeman
Project Manager
01455 558797

Christmas Opening Hours

**If you think you may need help over the Christmas period, please contact your referral agency ( or contact us) as soon as possible so that support can be put in place.**

Lutterworth and Harborough District Residents:

We are currently operating a Delivery Only service.

We will not be operational on Christmas Eve, Friday 24th December 2021 or Tuesday 28th December 2021. We will be operating additional delivery services on Wednesday 22nd and Thursday 23rd December. Contact us or your referral agency for more details.

We will be operating on Wednesday 29th December 2021 (instead of 28th) and Friday 31st December 2021 at usual times.

Countesthorpe and Blaby District Residents:

Countesthorpe Distribution Centre is now offering the opportunity for clients to collect their own parcels through pre-booked pick up slots. All referrals MUST still be made in advance.
We will close after our session on Tuesday 21st December and will reopen on Tuesday 4th January 2022 as usual. An Emergency box system is in place should these be needed during this time. Contact us for more information.

For donation points - our Collections team will be in touch with donation point contacts directly regarding any changes to our collections run. Please contact us for any other queries regarding donations.

Our warehouse will be open for additional hours for pre-arranged drop-offs only of donations in the lead up to Christmas. Please email to discuss your plans.

Posted: Thu, 09 Dec 2021 13:55 by Broughton Astley Parish Council Admin.

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