POVERTY in local areas has been raising such concerns in Longridge that two groups are combining to tackle the problem.
Supermarket Sainsbury’s and the parish of St Lawrence with St Paul are joining in an appeal for basic goods and food to help the Fox Street Homeless Shelter in Preston through the autumn and winter months.
The parish is asking for donations of basic dried foods and goods such as rice, jam, teabags and toiletries. Donations can be made by simply buying an extra grocery item at Longridge Sainsbury’s, and placing it in the trolley at the front of the store.
The donations will be on display at the parish’s Family Harvest Service at 10am in St Lawrence’s Church on Sunday, October 14, and they will then be taken to the Fox Street Shelter.
The appeal started this week and will run to this coming Friday October 5, with a two-day repeat from Monday October 8 to Wednesday, October 10 next week.
Sainsbury’s store will also be taking part in a nationwide food drive run by Fare Shar, the national charity also tackling hunger.
This will be organised in the same way as the appeal with the parish, with shoppers being able to purchase an extra item of food to give to this second, also running this coming weekend, on October 6 and 7.
Sainsbury’s PR ambassador Janet Camm said: “Last year, due to the generosity of our customers, we donated enough food from our store alone for Fare Share to provide food for 200 meals to regional charities.
“It was due to that success that we thought we would support the parish of St Lawrence and St Paul in its local appeal.”
In total Fare Share, together with Sainsbury’s, has delivered food for more than 1.2 million meals to 700 charities nationwide.
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