Food donations boost Norwich Foodbank’s festive supplies

The Big Christmas Give event at Avenue Junior School, in Norwich, on Saturday, December 19. Ruby Mal

The Big Christmas Give event at Avenue Junior School, in Norwich, on Saturday, December 19. Ruby Malik, 11, helps Annie Syme, 10, unpack her bag of donations to while Norwich South MP Clive Lewis and Big Give volunteers look on. Photo: supplied. - Credit: supplied

A mountain of festive treats and other foods have been delivered to Norwich Foodbank thanks to people getting behind The Big Christmas Give event.

A mountain of festive treats and other foods have been delivered to Norwich Foodbank thanks to peopl

A mountain of festive treats and other foods have been delivered to Norwich Foodbank thanks to people getting behind The Big Christmas Give event.Pictured is The Big Give organiser Claire Read and son Stanley, nine, with Pat Moore of Norwich Foodbank and all the donated items. Photo: supplied. - Credit: supplied

The Big Christmas Give aimed to help make sure people do not go hungry this Christmas by asking for donations of everything from mince pies to tinned meats to pasta sauces. The event took place at Avenue Junior School, in Norwich, on Saturday and organiser Claire Read, a member of Nelson Ward Labour Party, said she was delighted with the response from the community.

'It was absolutely fantastic. It was wonderful to see so many people taking part,' she said, adding it was estimated they had delivered about 3/4 of a ton in food to Norwich Foodbank after the event.

She said the food would boost Norwich Foodbank's stocks and some of it would also be given to people who attend the Norwich Open Christmas event at St Andrew's Hall, in Norwich, on Christmas Day.

Norwich south MP Clive Lewis and Avenue Junior School headteacher Deborah Dismore were among those to attend The Big Christmas Give on Saturday along with volunteers from the Nelson Ward Labour Party.

Norwich Foodbank gives emergency food supplies to people who are in crisis and referred to the foodbank by local care professionals.