Sidney has rallied behind the efforts of the Cambridge City Foodbank this festive season to provide support to people in crisis around the city.

The generous Sidney community donated enough items to fill twenty Christmas bags full of festive treats and goodies that will be given to families in need around Cambridge. The volunteers at the Cambridge City Foodbank will deliver these bags and an additional 480 Christmas bags to 500 families around Cambridge this festive season.

Christmas bags put together by Sidney members

There was also a retiring collection for the Cambridge City Foodbank at Sidney’s annual Carol Service that traced the story of Advent and Christmas through readings, carols and choral works. Finally, a portion of the money raised at the charity raffle held at the Sidney staff Christmas lunch will go towards the Cambridge City Foodbank’s efforts, with the rest going to Maggie’s Cambridge.

The Cambridge City Foodbank has been around in Cambridge for over 10 years and relies on a 200-strong team of dedicated volunteers to help provide food parcels from six centres across the city and beyond. The foodbank was founded by local churches and is part of the Trussell Trust’s network of foodbanks across the UK. They provide emergency food provisions to help people in crisis but, in the long-term, they hope to support sustainable solutions to address poverty in Cambridge – eradicating the need for a foodbank altogether.

Thank you to everyone at Sidney who has contributed to supporting the Cambridge City Foodbank and other charitable organisations over the year. We are also grateful to Sidney Street Sainsbury’s for donating the bags.

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