This Christmas Peacehaven shoppers will be able to help make sure local families living below the poverty line can still put food on the table.
Customers at The Co-operative Food store in the Meridian Centre are being encouraged to buy one extra thing during their weekly shop and place it in a FareShare charity collection point that will be in the store.
Tinned foods, dried pasta, cooking sauces and tea and coffee are all welcome, and the items will be distributed by FareShare to families in need, women’s refuges and homeless shelters across the area.
The Co-operative’s membership officer for Sussex, Emilie Fellingham, said: “The festive season is a time for family and friends, but in the rush to get prepared for the big day it’s all too easy to forget that there are people living right here in our local communities that aren’t guaranteed a very merry Christmas.
“The economic climate is tough, and many families must be feeling the strain.
“Donations don’t have to be expensive, from a tin of beans to a packet of pasta, just one extra item in your weekly shop can make a real difference to those in need.”
Other Co-operative food stores taking part in Sussex include London Road in Brighton, Blatchington Road in Hove and Ham Road in Shoreham-by-Sea.
Collections of goods from participating stores will continue into the New Year.
FareShare collection points will be clearly identified at the entrance of each of the four participating Co-operative Food stores.