Portsmouth residents are invited to take part in a citywide community harvest between 20 September and 4 October.
The appeal aims to support those who are struggling for food supplies this autumn and winter, particularly those affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
Previously, traditional harvest celebrations in faith communities, churches and schools have provided valuable resources for food banks and other charities and agencies which provide food and support to those in need. The current restrictions on numbers gathering for worship and assemblies mean that there is a risk that these much-needed donations will not be as forthcoming this year.
People across the city are therefore encouraged to donate items of food (preferably tinned, packets or dried food) in their local church, school or other community facilities, as a sign of their thanksgiving and to support those in need. The list of sites hosting donation points can be found below.
The donated items will be shared with foodbanks and other charities who would normally be supported at harvest festivals and surplus items will be stored centrally by HIVE Portsmouth to be distributed to those charities as and when need arises.
Any schools, faith communities or organisations that would like to be part of the With Thankful Hearts campaign and provide a collecting box should contact Canon Bob White by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below is the current list of participating sites where people can donate between Sunday 20 September and Sunday 4 October.
Cathedral Church of St John
Cathedral Church of St Thomas
All Saints, Portsea
Church of the Ascension, North End
Church of the Holy Spirit, Southsea
Church of the Resurrection and St Andrew’s, Farlington
Empower Centre, Kingston Road
Harbour Church at St Alban’s, Copnor
Harbour Church at St George’s, Portsea
Lifehouse, Albert Road
NEBC North End Baptist Church
Portsmouth Family Church
Portsmouth Pathway at St Luke’s
Salvation Army Lake Road – The Haven
St Cuthbert’s, Copnor
St Faith’s, Landport
St Francis’, Hilsea
St James’, Milton
St Jude’s, Southsea
St Luke’s, Somerstown
St Margaret’s, Eastney
St Mark’s, North End
St Mary’s, Fratton (open 9 – Noon each day)
St Michael and All Angels, Paulsgrove
St Nicholas’, Copnor
Ss Peter and Paul, Wymering
St Philip’s, Cosham
St Saviour’s, Stamshaw
St Wilfrid’s, Buckland
Portsmouth City Council libraries, open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm
North End library
Arundel Court Primary
Moorings Way Infant
Contact schools directly to find out how to safely donate items.