Chichester Cathedrals 536kg of Food Donations

03rd January 2023

Chichester Cathedral smashes its target by raising over 500kg of food to help people in crisis this Christmas.

At the start of the Advent period, the community of Chichester Cathedral launched a fundraising appeal to raise over 250kg of food for people in crisis across the district.

They have just announced that over 536kg of donations has been raised for Chichester District Foodbank – more than doubling their original target.

Currently marking its tenth anniversary, the Foodbank is a project founded by local churches and community groups, working together towards alleviating food poverty across the local district.

Joanne Kondabecka, CEO and Founder of Chichester District Foodbank, said:

“Advent is a time where the church prepares for the arrival of Jesus as God’s gift to the world. Chichester District Foodbank is so grateful that in response to this the Cathedral community has chosen to provide a gift to those who are facing hardship and have generously given over 536kg of food, while others have donated financially. As we move into our busiest time of the year your gifts of food and finance will help our charity alleviate food poverty across our district and bring a smile to those we help. Thank you so much.”

The Cathedral’s Canon Chancellor, the Reverend Dr Daniel Inman, said:

“We are really heartened by how members of our community have gone out of their way to make a donation to our appeal. Whilst we are pleased to have reached and exceeded our target, the challenge for our society remains acute and we must all continue to work for that day when the foodbank is made redundant. Donation points are available for the Foodbank year-round in the Cathedral and, if you are able, please do consider making a visit and contributing some food or donating online.”

The Cathedral is also one of many churches within the district to register as a Warm Space, an initiative designed to signpost anyone in need of warmth, to a space to share with others.