A FAMILY of five youngsters was among the 165 homeless or poverty-stricken families who flocked to Stafford's House of Bread charity over Christmas and new year for a meal. The charity, which provides a weekly two-course meal for the homeless and those living on the poverty line, welcomed 75 people through the doors on Christmas Day, a 50 per cent increase on last year and 65 people on Boxing Day, including the five children.
The numbers topped last year, where 50 people sat down to lunch for a special Christmas Day meal.
More than 30 volunteers also gave up their time to help out cook and serve the meals on each day, as well as handing out food bags and gift bags to everyone who went along.
House of Bread also supplied a buffet at Eagle House on Christmas day for 20 people and supplied 10 Goody Bags to Fernlee, a dry house that supports recovering alcoholics in addition to the above numbers
The charity has continued to go from strength to strength since the Newsletter's Christmas appeal in 2012. Donations filled a unit at Storage Boost in Tollgate Drive and the charity was inundated with offers of help and people signing up to as volunteers.
And the organisation is launching a series of new projects in the community, including Family Bread on Tuesdays at Doxey Church from 10am to 2pm, where families can make bread together, a food bank at Trinity Church on Thursdays from 2-4pm and Church Bread at Rising Brook Methodist Church from 10am to 1.30pm, where people can gather to worship and make bread together.
Will Morris, director of House of Bread, said: "We are so blessed with gifts of food, clothes, toiletries and the volunteers to help. We want to make sure everybody in Stafford is aware of us. Working with some great partners including the Staffordshire Newsletter helps do this. 2014 will I hope be the year we everybody in Stafford will be aware of the work we do and how they can help and support us."