Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Chairperson, Councillor Cathy Mason launched a Christmas Food Appeal recently to provide food and essential non-food items to residents who are most in need this Christmas. Seven drop off points across the district opened from Monday 22 November to Friday 10 December to enable members of the public to donate to the appeal.
Residents’ donations have assisted in enabling our Chairperson to deliver food boxes as well as a monetary donation to six food banks within the community, Fountain Foodbank, Downpatrick; The Larder, Newry; The Cornerstone, Kilkeel; The Pantry, Newcastle, Kilmore and Crossgar Foodbank and Ballynahinch Community Collective.
Visiting each of the food banks personally to deliver the donations, Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Chairperson, Councillor Cathy Mason said, “The foodbanks located in our district work tirelessly all year round, always going the extra mile to help struggling families and individuals by providing food parcels and practical support to those most in need. I know that this is an incredibly challenging time for many people in our local area and I am pleased that I could help in some small way to make a difference.”
Photograph 1: Newry, Mourne and Down Council Chairperson, Councillor Cathy Mason with David McCaul, The Larder Foodbank Newry.