The council has provided support for the neediest communities in Merton by donating food and presents this Christmas to local charities, Christmas Lunch on Jesus and the Wimbledon Food Bank.
Events organised by teams across the council raised £300 for Christmas Lunch on Jesus. The charity distributes Christmas Hampers to vulnerable adults and families in Merton.
Council staff also donated boxes filled with various foods, consumables and presents. The council has also collected over 200 items of chocolate for needy children in Merton this Christmas.
Merton Council Leader, Councillor Stephen Alambritis, helped load and transport the donations to the Wimbledon Food Bank this week. Councillor Alambritis said: “Food banks are extremely important in supporting needy communities in Merton and in London especially during the run up to Christmas. Without the generosity and thoughtfulness of those who donate, many residents would not be able to enjoy Christmas festivities with their families.”
Volunteers are needed to help pack and deliver the Christmas hampers from the local distribution centres on either Saturday 20 or Sunday 21 December. Residents who are interested in lending a helping hand should contact Christmas Lunch on Jesus.