Wakefield’s The Community Awareness Project delivers hampers of festive hope

This year for the first time ever, the Community Awareness Project (CAP) ,Wakefield are distributing food parcels to needy families. L-R Mark Sheldon and Elisabeth Hibbert.

This year for the first time ever, the Community Awareness Project (CAP) ,Wakefield are distributing food parcels to needy families. L-R Mark Sheldon and Elisabeth Hibbert.

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HUNDREDS of families will be able to put food on the table this Christmas thanks to the hard work of a homeless charity.

The Community Awareness Project (CAP), on Wood Street, has distributed 400 food hampers to some of the poorest families in Wakefield.

Tinned vegetables, meat and biscuits might not sound like ingredients for the traditional Christmas meal.

But the hampers will mean the difference between families eating healthily or going hungry next week.

Elisabeth Hibbert, co-founder of CAP, said: “We wanted to provide hampers for Christmas for families who were on the poverty line.

“People are really struggling. We are hearing from families who cannot pay their electricity bills.

“We’ve never done hampers before but this year the need is so great.”

As well as basic foods the hampers also contain chocolate and biscuits as a treat and a Christmas card.

They were made using donations from Wakefield and District Housing, local charities and individuals.

The hampers have been distributed through Sure Start children’s centres around the district.

At Butterflies Children’s Centre in Normanton, staff picked names out of a hat.

Jill Hickman, centre manager, said: “The response we have had is fantastic and I just cannot thank people enough for helping to bring some Christmas cheer.

“We all know this recession has affected everybody, it doesn’t matter if you are working or unemployed . But we are here to support people and offer help.”

For more information call CAP on 01924 381119, log on to www.capcare.org or visit your nearest Sure Start.