A New Vic Borderlines project to combat local food poverty has been spreading joy across Staffordshire communities during the festive period.

The Fab Food, Fun and Folktales project, which sees hundreds of delicious lunch boxes distributed to families in need each year, took place slightly differently than usual.

The Borderlines team delivered picnic packs, including little puppet-making and colouring kits, to groups across Staffordshire in December.

Borderlines also arrived in festive costume, to the soundtrack of The Twelve Days of Christmas, sung by young people and with lyrics inspired by the Potteries.

Rachel Reddihough, Outreach, Project and Technical Manager for New Vic Borderlines, said: “We have distributed 150 lunch boxes to the community through Middleport Matters, Biddulph Youth and Community Zone, Glow in Newcastle-under-Lyme, and Bethel Church Foodbank in Longton. These lunch boxes also contained fun activities including a make-your-own Santa puppet, and the lyrics to a Potteries-inspired version of The Twelve Days of Christmas.

“It has been lovely to spread some Christmas cheer in these particularly difficult times. Fab Food, Fun and Folktales is an annual project we do to help combat holiday hunger, but it is about so much more than just giving out food. The partners we have been working with would normally be very busy this time of year organising Christmas parties and events, but with the Tier 3 restrictions these plans have been put on hold. Borderlines also had plans to perform an exciting puppet show this Christmas, like we did in the summer. Although we were unable to do that due to the restrictions, it’s been really great to make these food deliveries, dressed up in costume, with Christmas tunes playing, to make people smile.”

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