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According to recent research, in the UK 1 in 5 of us live below the poverty line (ie. can’t afford the basic necessities of life) – and according to the Child Poverty Action group two-thirds of the children living in poverty belong to a family where at least one member works.

To bring things home a little, statistics unveiled by the End Child Poverty Coalition showed that in 2015, 25.8% of children in Wrexham were in poverty.

It’s no wonder that the local Foodbank provided 4318 emergency food packages to families in crisis last year.

They are only given out to families with written authorisations from an official agency such as a school, Job Centre or recognised charity to collect them, and almost every item in them was donated by members of the public like you.

Please help us to help them to give some of these families food for Christmas time and over the coldest months of the year.

You’ll see collecting boxes all around the Plas Coch campus and in Northop too from Friday 1 December.

Please pop your donations of tinned or packet food in the boxes by Tuesday 12 Decemberand we’ll make sure they arrive at the Foodbank warehouse in time to be distributed by Christmas.

(At present the local Foodbank particularly needs 200ml cartons of fruit juice (long-life) and tinned meat. There’s a list of other suggested items on the collection boxes, including biscuits and chocolates to add a little Christmas sparkle to the food parcels. They have plenty of dried pasta, baked beans and tinned soup at the moment.)

They are also collecting warm socks and toiletries – toothpaste and brushes, soap, razors and shaving foam, shampoo, ladies’ sanitary items, etc. – to be distributed to Wrexham’s growing homeless population. These will be taken to the Salvation Army for distribution on the same day.

Email Naomi.Squire@glyndwr.ac.uk for more information

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