The Salvation Army is launching its annual Christmas Appeal by revealing a forecast rising need for food parcels.
The Sallies anticipate a 5.39 percent increase in demand for food parcels for the final quarter of 2016 and 6.23 percent rise in the Christmas period compared to the same period a year earlier.
They expect to provide more than 15,000 food parcels to more than 11,000 struggling families during the festive period.
Many of them, about 4500 in 2015, only come to the Sallies for help at Christmas time.
"This rising need is primarily due to the demand and the pressure, the expectations, placed on people in need at this time of year," the Sallies say.