Food in Crisis Christmas Appeal 2018

31st October 2018

Whilst most of us will wake up this Christmas to a house full of presents and a table laden with food, some people within our communities face a bleak prospect. The rising costs of living, combined with rental increases, stagnant wages and new benefit schemes mean that for some families there’ll be little food to eat and no gifts to unwrap.

It’s not only unemployed or homeless people who find themselves in this terrible situation; older people and more working families are finding it increasingly difficult to pay all the bills and still have enough money to put food on the table. Insecure or seasonal work, an unexpected expense, illness, or just a change in benefits or circumstances can often tip people into crisis.

Christmas can also be a particularly hard time for some families as the extended school holiday place extra strain on those financially stretched as they struggle to pay the extra food costs normally covered by school meals. Treats and festive food are a luxury some just cannot afford, as more and more families face the difficult task to provide the basics needed for survival.

Rotherham’s Food for People in Crisis (FiC) Partnership has launched its annual Christmas Appeal for 2018, asking Rotherham residents and businesses to help where they can by donating food and toiletry items at various public donation points throughout the Borough, or by making a monetary donation to the appeal.

The FiC Partnership consists of a number of organisations working across the Borough to help people deal with crisis situations by providing them with food, whether it’s a parcel to take home or a cooked meal, as well as other forms of support and help.

Shafiq Hussain, Deputy CEO at Voluntary Action Rotherham and Chair of the FiC Partnership said: “It’s a sad fact that some people struggle to find the money to buy food and pay for other necessities. The Food in Crisis Christmas Appeal is an opportunity for the kind and generous people of Rotherham to come together and make a real difference to the lives of those who, for whatever reason, find themselves in crisis in our community. Every donation, no matter how small is welcome. We are planning to collect the donations at the end of November, so they can be sorted and distributed to groups who provide the food parcels in early December”

Confirmed public donation points for non-perishable, in-date, food and toiletry items are:

  • Aston Library and Customer Service Centre
  • Aston Park Fire Station
  • Dearne Fire Station
  • Dinnington Library and Customer Service Centre
  • Maltby Customer Service Centre
  • Maltby Fire Station
  • Rawmarsh Library and Customer Service Centre
  • Rotherham Fire Station
  • Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council, Riverside House
  • Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council, Town Hall, Rotherham
  • Swinton Library and Customer Service Centre
  • The Advertiser, Howard Street
  • The Lifewise Centre, Hellaby
  • Voluntary Action Rotherham
  • Wath Community Library
  • Wickersley Community Centre and Library

If you would like to request a donation box to collect food and/or toiletry donations at your place of work or event, please contact Andrea Cox on 01709 829821 or email:

Donation points will be active until Friday 30th November 2018.

If you would prefer to make a monetary donation, you can also do this by cheque or bank transfer, as follows:

Cheques should be made payable to: ‘People in Need (VAR)’ and sent to Voluntary Action Rotherham, The Spectrum, Coke Hill, Rotherham, S60 2HX

To make a bank transfer, please ask your bank to send your donation to ‘People in Need (VAR)’, account number: 20298847, sort code: 60-83-01.