Brethren charity, Rapid Relief Team is going global, donating over 5,500 Christmas Food Boxes to families in need around the world just in time for the holiday season.

RRT teams across Australia, North America, Germany, the UK, Italy, France, Sweden and New Zealand are gearing up to package and deliver these essential supplies which aim to help relieve immediate pressure for an individual or family in crisis – which this year will prove particularly helpful after what has been a stressful year for many.

Packaged with care and compassion by volunteers from the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church, the boxes contains a variety of non-perishable, long-life food.

They are designed to feed a family of four for up to two days, and include some Christmas favourites including turkey spam, gravy, fruit mince pies, and a Christmas pudding.

RRT Operations Manager for Australia, Dan Alderton said the RRT Christmas Food Box initiative was simply about bringing families together for Christmas.

“We know many families do it tough at Christmas – but add in the financial impacts and stresses of COVID-19 and this year it seems a whole lot tougher,” Mr. Alderton said.

“In Australia, the situation is being managed better than most, but we know in other parts of the world, the situation is still critical, with many people back in lockdown”.

“We are committed to supporting as many families as we can, to put some food on the table and spread a bit of Christmas cheer.

“As Christians, family is very important to us, and we want to do what we can to help bring families together,” he said.

So far this year, the RRT Food Box initiative has supported those in self-quarantine, vulnerable families, and victims of domestic violence by donating and delivering over 32,000 RRT Food Boxes globally.

The Rapid Relief Team was established by the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church in 2013 to express the Church’s principles of care and compassion.

The RRT is staffed by Church volunteers who provide catering services at a range of charitable events and emergencies.