Help feed struggling families this Christmas

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Today we are launching our Christmas appeal to make sure that struggling families with young children get enough food to eat during the festive holiday.

The Express is backing a campaign by city charity the Community Awareness Programme (CAP) to give out hundreds of food hampers to families in need.

The Rotary Club of Wakefield Chantry is also supporting the appeal, launched to help put food on the table for people struggling to do so.

But we need your help.

We’ve got two weeks to collect as much food as we can - and people and business are urged to help by donating to help reach our target of 600 hampers.

Project manager Kevin Dobson said: “This is a realistic target that we believe we can both achieve and surpass.

“With the help of the Wakefield Express and the members of the Rotary Club of Wakefield Chantry we will be able to provide Christmas cheer to families.”

Hampers will be made up at CAP with the help of Rotary volunteers and distributed from the district’s 23 children’s centres.

Express editor Hannah Thaxter said: “This is a fantastic scheme which the Express is proud to support.

“We know how generous our readers are and would urge all our readers to try to make a contribution, however small.”

A basic hamper should contain tea or coffee, sugar, long life milk, breakfast cereal, chocolate biscuits, tinned potatoes or smash, tinned vegetables, stuffing, tinned fruit, angel delight, fruit juice, chocolate or sweets.

They can also contain tinned ham or corned beef, pasta, rice, meat pasta, jam or marmalade, gravy mix, pot noodles, cup-a-soups, pasta in sauce.

Fresh food and alcohol should not be included.

Anyone who can help is asked to call CAP on 01924 381119 or on e-mail

Donations can be made at CAP headquarters on Market Street in Wakefield city centre.

The deadline for donations is December 4.

And anyone who does donate, and wants to be included in our roll of honour, can leave their name when they make a donation and we will publish them in the Wakefield Express.