Text us your news! Start your message Warrington News and send any photos or videos to 80360
New base opens for Warrington Foodbank
5:00pm Saturday 21st September 2013 in News
WARRINGTON Foodbank has a new base to meet its ever growing demand.
The voluntary service is setting up a new warehouse in Howley which will offer more space for vital donations.
There move to the site, on Vernon Street, comes soon after the comments from Education Secretary Michael Gove on the use of foodbanks and that it is often families who are unable to manage their finances who use them.
Volunteers at the Warrington branch have extended an invitation to Mr Gove to see just who is coming for help here in the town.
John Dolan said: “People are struggling because incomes are going down in effect with pay freezes but prices are going up.
“Sometimes for some families there is never enough.
“People are realising we are here which has caused demand to step up.”
The new base at Tanning Court has come with support from Warrington Borough Council and work is ongoing to bring it up to standard.
The Reverend Simon Schofield added: “By the end of the week we hope to have finished painting and decorating and by the end of the month it should be up and running. We are trying to get it done in time for harvest time.”
Support has also come from Homebase who have supplied pint for the new venue and Heathfield Construction, who have helped with building works.
The new base will offer space for people to turn up in their car and donate there.
At present their base is upstairs at the YMCA furniture store in Time Square - which leaves volunteers the unenviable task of taking the sometimes bulky and heavy donations upstairs to be counted in only to be carried back downstairs to be transferred to its centre at Friar’s Green Methodist Church, on Cairo Street ready for those who need it.
“There are so many people in food poverty, we have served 5,000 meals so far since opening,” added Mr Schofield.
“Now people can roll in and roll out and dropping off donations is very easy here.”
The foodbank is also planning a food drop off session at Asda Birchwood on Saturday, September 28 where shoppers can donate food there.
And there are plans to open more branches of the foodbank across the borough in the coming months.
But the growth is the last thing volunteers want.
“We don’t want to be a growing industry,” added Mr Schofield.
Comments are closed on this article.