Foodbank launches in town

Warrington Guardian: Foodbank launches in town Foodbank launches in town

A FOODBANK scheme offering food to families in need launches on Saturday.

Warrington Foodbank has been launched by volunteers from churches, charities and other community groups and is a franchise of the Trussell Trust, an established Christian-based organisation.

Foodbanks collect non-perishable foods donated by individual donors, churches, schools and businesses. These are then made up into packages, each containing a balanced diet of meals for three days for an individual or a family.

A voucher system will make sure those in genuine food poverty are helped by the scheme.

Coordinator John Dolan said: “The need for a foodbank has never been greater. Parents are going without food, sometimes for days at a time, just to feed their children.

“This can be due to benefit delay, debt problems or sudden sickness of a self-employed breadwinner. Our hope is that a foodbank in Warrington will give people immediate help when a crisis occurs.”

The new distribution centre at Friars Green Independent Methodist Church, on Cairo Street, will be launched by the Mayor of Warrington Clr Steve Wright on Saturday at 3pm.

To find out more about the foodbank project or how to donate e-mail info@warrington.foodbank.org.uk or take food to the foodbank’s warehouse at the YMCA Furniture Store in Time Square between 9am and 3pm Monday to Friday.

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9:46pm Fri 23 Nov 12

old-codger says...

This is what the country has come to since the last election.. Its disgusting when the government gives billions away every year to other countries, When we cant feed ourselves its a bloody poor show,
This is what the country has come to since the last election.. Its disgusting when the government gives billions away every year to other countries, When we cant feed ourselves its a bloody poor show, old-codger
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8:27am Sun 25 Nov 12

MikeJT says...

Overall I agree with old-codger that we should ensure a lack of poverty in this country before helping "poorer" countries. However, I did watch a recent news story about such a foodbank facing a huge increase in the number of people using it. Originally set-up to help the homeless it now faced an influx of people who were using it because of "being unable to make end meet". The story included an interview with a person who had to use the foodbank as what they had left out of their benefit was not enough to feed them and their two kids...........Benef
its which were higher than the residual funds I (and many working people) have left over each week, and we manage.

Lets hope that the foodbank manages to operate in a way where it does help those who really need the help rather than those that (dare I say it...) think "yippe free beans, thats an extra beer/bottle of cider/packet of fags i can go an buy down the shop".
Overall I agree with old-codger that we should ensure a lack of poverty in this country before helping "poorer" countries. However, I did watch a recent news story about such a foodbank facing a huge increase in the number of people using it. Originally set-up to help the homeless it now faced an influx of people who were using it because of "being unable to make end meet". The story included an interview with a person who had to use the foodbank as what they had left out of their benefit was not enough to feed them and their two kids...........Benef its which were higher than the residual funds I (and many working people) have left over each week, and we manage. Lets hope that the foodbank manages to operate in a way where it does help those who really need the help rather than those that (dare I say it...) think "yippe free beans, thats an extra beer/bottle of cider/packet of fags i can go an buy down the shop". MikeJT
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