The Big Help Project and Knowsley Foodbank have launched their Christmas appeal this month, in preparation for what promises to be a difficult festive season for many people across the borough.

Continuing poverty across the region, rising prices and recent changes to welfare mean that individuals and families will be struggling to put food on the table, and will have little left to spend on enjoying the festive season.

Foodbank Manager Sue Torpey said "Christmas is a special time, but for many people in our community, it will be just another day of struggle and hunger. All donations to the foodbank, big or small, will help us to ensure people in Knowsley have enough food over the Christmas holidays. We also like to include some extra special items where we can, so that all our clients can share in the festivities. We are asking the community if they can, once again, support us, so that we can make Christmas special to as many people as possible across the borough."

This year, the foodbank is asking for donations earlier than usual, to ensure that there is enough time to process and distribute donations to everyone who needs them before the Christmas holidays. Where possible, donations of Advent calendars need to be with the foodbank no later than Friday 3rd November, and festive food needs to be brought in no later than Friday 24th November.

Knowsley Foodbank will also be happy to accept donations at all our normal collection points, and at the national foodbank collection to be held at Tesco Prescot (Cables Retail Park) on November 30th, December 1st and December 2nd.

Knowsley Foodbank operates as part of the Big Help Project, which as well as delivering emergency food, also supports people with Jobsearch, welfare advice and debt management. To find out more, go to www.big-help.info or call the office on 0151 546 0470.