Festive food fund for poor families

Clockwise from the left, volunteers Judith Merry, Samantha Bennett, Laura Merr and Tracy Cherry
Clockwise from the left, volunteers Judith Merry, Samantha Bennett, Laura Merr and Tracy Cherry

A YOUNG campaigner is collecting non-perishable food to help fight poverty in the UK this Christmas.

Judith Merry, 23, of Worminghall, is appealing for the people of Thame and surrounding area to donate to the cause as she attempts to gather at least 500 items to help impoverished families over the festive season.

She said: “Many people think that food poverty is only a problem in third world countries but one in four families in the UK suffer from food poverty. This means that around four million people in the UK do not have access to a decent meal on a regular occasion.

“It will all culminate this Saturday at Thame Town Hall, where I am providing a free mince pie and drinks for those that bring along a donation or two with a hopefully a festive atmosphere of music and a few art and crafts.”

Judith and her team will be at the town hall from 10.30am until 5pm on Saturday.

“So far I have had support from the Thame Football Club, Waitrose, Co-op and John Bercow has provided a donation.

“But I am still looking for more, I greatly encourage those whilst out and about to just pop to their local supermarket and add a donation to either the boxes placed in Waitrose, Co-op or Thame Football Club.”

Judith’s efforts are part of the Team V Food Poverty Campaign, an element of organisation Vinspired which encourages young people to get involved by volunteering in their community.

The donated food will be handed to The Oxford CEF, Community Emergency Foodbank, and The Gatehouse, two Oxfordshire food poverty charities that provide food for both the homeless and families in need of a bit of extra support.