Plea for help as stocks run low at foodbank
AFOODBANK which helps people in crisis is running out of food.
Middleton Central Foodbank has got so low on donations that the centre has had to spend £800 over the past two months buying essential items, so people don’t go without.
This is the first time that the foodbank has needed to buy in extra stock in the three years it has been running.
Historically, food donations have always been greater than the amount given out in its three-day food parcels but, since the beginning of this year, demand for support has been outstripping donations.
Last year, up to March 2016, the foodbank fed 1,569 including 520 children.
This was a 22 per cent increase over the previous year.
Foodbank manager Carl Roach says this reflects the continuing need of people struggling to feed themselves or their families because of financial difficulties or changes or delays to their benefits.
The foodbank is holding three days of community collections this week to help replenish its stocks.
They will be held at Tesco Extra in Middleton, with the support of staff, this Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Carl said: “If you are able to help by donating in store this will be appreciated and you will be helping us to support local people and families who are in need. Every donation makes a difference and through our partnership with Tesco we will receive an extra 20 per cent top-up on everything donated. You do not need to be a Tesco shopper to donate at the collection point.”
The foodbank is also encouraging people to consider becoming local ‘foodraisers’ who organise food collections amongst friends, family or work colleagues.
It is also planning to open a new type of community food pantry which will be a membership project allowing people to access discounted food supplies to help them manage their finances better.
The Middleton central foodbank is open on a Monday and Thursday between 11am to 1pm at the Lighthouse Project and can be accessed through local referral organisations who issue food vouchers after assessing people’s circumstances and needs.
Volunteers are also needed to man the collection points.
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