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  • Food bank bosses bag themselves a helping hand

    Ollie Cowan

    SOUTHPORT Trussel Group Foodbank received a welcome helping hand last week when they were visited by the Southport Brownies unit

    Members of the all-girls 58th Southport Sacred Heart Brownies have been busy collecting donations for Southport Foodbank at Kew Tesco and

    The girls, who meet at Sacred Heart Church, Ainsdale, recently visited the Foodbank facility at Lakeside Church to follow the process of what happens to the donations.

    Tesco Champion, Leslie Kirkbride, helped organise the event which raised awareness for the charity.

    The event encouraged families to donate food in Tesco and share with their children the importance of helping others. Without support from the community, the Foodbank would not be able to continue functioning so successfully.

    Southport Foodbank, which manages six outlets in the Southport and Formby area, is part of the Trussell Trust’s UK-wide food bank network. The Trussell Trust helps local communities to open foodbanks, providing emergency food to thousands of people nationwide every year.

    Southport Foodbank works with members of the public donating non-perishable food, which is then sorted and packed by volunteers into emergency food boxes.

    Frontline care professionals, organisations and charities give vouchers to people in crisis and these are exchanged for three days of food at the food bank.

    Latest figures released in April reveal that 45,216 meals were given out by the Southport Foodbank network to over 5,000 local people in crisis in 2016-17.

    Southport Foodbank Manager, John Sullivan, states that there are many reasons as to why clients require food including, low income, benefit changes, delayed wages and domestic violence.

    He said: “During the last financial year, local people have donated over 44 tonnes of food to Southport Foodbank and more than 120 volunteered to help with the scheme.

    John believes progress can only be made through support and raising awareness.

    He said: “It’s not a handout, it’s a hand up. Together we can help those in need move forward.”

    Unfortunately, cutbacks are causing problems for the charity. However, volunteers are still able to take the time to listen and provide further support for clients.

    The Lakeside Church Foodbank is open on both Monday and Friday, from 1 pm to 4 pm, and clients referred to it can be given three days of food up to three times in any six-month period. Other branches in the area are located at Grace Baptist Church on Market Street which is open on a Tuesday, Southport Community Centre and Scarisbrick New Road Baptist which both open on a Wednesday, Ainsdale Methodist Church on a Thursday, and Holy Trinity Formby on a Friday.

    The charity is on-going and non-perishable food items can be donated directly to Lakeside Church or Tesco at Kew.

    For information visit: southport.foodbank.org.uk or to offer help or make a donation, email: foodbank@lakesidecc.org.uk

     


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