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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 vicar@portseaparish.co.uk.

Below is the current list of participating sites where people can donate between Sunday 20 September and Sunday 4 October.

Churches

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

University Chaplaincy

Portsmouth City Council libraries, open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm

Central library

Beddow library

Cosham library

North End library

Southsea library

Schools

Arundel Court Primary

Manor Infant

Moorings Way Infant

Newbridge

Penhale Infant

Contact schools directly to find out how to safely donate items.