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Chairperson's Christmas Food Appeal

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Chairperson, Councillor Michael Savage has launched a Christmas Appeal to provide food and essential non-food items to residents who are most in need this Christmas. For many of us, Christmas is a magical time, however for other more vulnerable families across our district it can often cause added financial pressure and stress.

With your help this year we hope to offer crucial support to those most in need during the festive period. Some families will be faced with impossible choices — the choice of heating their home or putting presents under the tree, or the choice of buying Christmas dinner or new clothes for their children.

With the cost-of-living crisis that we are currently facing, more and more individuals and families locally are expected to turn to our food banks for help this Christmas as they struggle to put food on the table. Foodbanks located in our district work tirelessly all year round, always going the extra mile to help struggling families and individuals by providing food parcels and practical support to those most in need. To help even more families this year, we are appealing to YOUR generosity to help us make a difference by supporting our Food Appeal.

Donate Today!  #GiveALittleHelpALot

To make a donation, simply visit one of the five donation points located across the district to drop off your items. Opening from Friday 18 November to Friday 9 December, the locations are as follows:




Council Offices, Downshire Civic Centre, Downpatrick

Monday to Friday

9am - 5pm

Council Offices, Monaghan Row, Newry

Monday to Friday

9am - 5pm

Ballynahinch Centre

Monday to Friday

9.30am - 5pm

Castlewellan Forest Park, Entrance Hut

Monday to Friday

9.30am - 5pm

Kilkeel Leisure Centre

Monday to Friday

9.30am - 8.30pm

What To Donate

Food Items 

  • Tins of Soup, Vegetables, Beans, Meat, Fish, Fruit  
  • Pasta, Rice, Lentils, Pulses
  • Cooking Oils, Olive Oil Sprays
  • Tinned Tomatoes, Pasta Sauces
  • Spices, Salt, Pepper, Sauces
  • Cereals, Cereal Bars
  • Tea, Coffee, UHT Milk

Non-Food Items

  • Toiletries - Deodorant, Toilet Paper, Shower Gel, Shampoo, Tooth Paste
  • Laundry Detergent, Washing Up Liquid
  • Feminine Products - Sanitary Towels, Tampons
  • Baby Supplies - Nappies, Baby Wipes, Baby Food

Thank you!

Your kind donation will help to bring some much-needed Christmas cheer to children, families and individuals most in need within our local community. Every contribution, however big or small will make a difference.


Contact Us

Chairperson’s Office
Oifig an Iúir
Newry Office
O’Hagan House
Monaghan Row 
Newry BT35 8DJ 

Telephone: 0330 137 4011

Email: democratic.services@nmandd.org