FOODBANK donations are being sought from people visiting a food and drink festival.
Organisers of Mold Food and Drink Festival are looking to help Flintshire’s Foodbank by providing a drop-off point for food donations on the site.
Visitors who are already planning to attend the festival, which is taking place this weekend, are being invited to ‘bring a tin’ to help support the charity, which is in desperate need of donations.
John Les Tomos, chairman of the festival’s organising committee, said: “The festival is all about bringing together an incredible variety and quality of fine food and drink but we are also conscious of the high level of need for basic foodstuffs that exists for many people here in Flintshire.
“As a result we are giving people who are coming to the festival an opportunity to help this charity by donating a tin or packet of dry food.”
Flintshire’s Foodbank opened in Mold just over a year ago and was the first to be launched in North Wales.
The charity that helps feed people in crisis has since fed over 4,600 people in Flintshire, with over a third being children.
In the face of the very high demand, six more foodbanks have been opened in different parts of the county.
Mr Tomos said: “They won’t have to carry it around with them as the drop-off point is very close to where you can buy tickets.
“We hope that, with the generosity of our visitors, we can achieve a significant amount of food to help those in most need.”
The drop-off point will be at the Churches Together in Wales (Cytun) stand located close to the festival entrance.
The charity is desperately in need of non-perishable items such as tinned and dry goods including tinned vegetables, fish, and fruit, jam, biscuits, packets of pasta and rice.
A ‘shopping list’ of suggested items can be found on the Flintshire Foodbank website, which is www.flintshire. foodbank.org.uk.
Work began on the festival site in New Street Car Park, Mold, yesterday, which will be larger than last year to accommodate new attractions and wider walkways.
Tickets for the festival cost £5 for adults, £2 for children aged three to 12, and £10 for a family of two adults and two children.
l TRAVELLERS have descended on a Mold car park days before the eagerly awaited food festival.
They have set up camp, placing two caravans at the car park on Love Lane.
A Flintshire Council spokesman said: “A small group of travellers are on the council-owned car park at Love Lane in Mold.
“Officers are currently assessing the situation and will take whatever action is appropriate in the light of that assessment.”