Three pubs in the area are on a mission to support local foodbanks.
The Angel, in Mansfield Woodhouse, and the Dukeries Lodge and the Black Swan, in Edwinstowe, are hoping to make a major contribution to Christmas food collections and raise awareness for the food bank charity Trussell Trust.
The Pub People, who own and operate the pubs, decided to support the charity when it came to their attention that over 13 million people in the UK live below the poverty line. Last year alone foodbanks helped feed 346,992 people nationwide, 126,889 of which were children.
They began a campaign encouraging their pubs all over the East Midlands to collect and donate food to the Trussell Trust in time for Christmas.
Andrew Crawford, Operations Director, said: “Many of our pubs are community-based and raise significant sums for local charities.
“We were shocked that so many people have to make use of food banks and felt obligated to help, through our customers, licensees and pubs.”
Each pub has received posters and advertising to help promote the food drive which explains to licensees and customers exactly what donations are needed.
Collections have already begun in most pubs and will continue throughout the next month until the drop off date in mid-December.
Volunteers then sort the food and pack it into boxes ready to be distributed. Each box provides three days of emergency food for people in need.