Two town councils are collecting food to help the needy.
Sandy Town Council and Shefford Town Council are both setting up collection points for The Need Project, which is run by Kings Baptist Church in Stotfold.
Delia Shephard, clerk for Sandy Town Council, said: “Over the years Sandy town councillors have helped with the packing of Christmas food parcels.
“Unfortunately, at present there are many local families who need help to manage on a weekly basis.
“Several families in Sandy have been receiving weekly food parcels and this is expected to grow.
“It is time for the people of Sandy to support this project on a more regular basis.”
The Need Project has been helping families for several years. Although it is run by the church it is supported by people of all religions and no religion and it helps anyone who needs it.
The project provides food parcels, clothing, equipment and furniture. Names of people in need are provided by social workers and health visitors and kept confidential at all times.
Sandy’s mayor, Susan Sutton, has agreed that a food collection point should be established at the town council offices in Cambridge Road.
Members of the public can leave food and cash donations during the office’s opening hours; from Monday to Friday between 9.30am and 1pm and from 2pm to 4pm.
On Saturdays donations can be left at the adjacent tourist information centre between 10am and 2pm.
Packets of food and tins of food plus toiletries and other nonperishable items will be much appreciated.
Shefford mayor Councillor Paul Mackin has also spoken about the importance of the charity and is hoping a collection point can be established in the town.
He said: “The Need Project plays a vital role and there is demand for its services across the area.
“Originally I didn’t think it was necessarily something that would be needed in Shefford but there is no doubt that there are always families in need. We are happy to support it.”
To find out more about The Need Project visit www.kingsbaptist.org.uk/need_project.html
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