Lancaster community centre feeds into Morecambe Bay foodbank

A Lancaster community centre is the latest organisation to support the district’s food bank during the Coronavirus pandemic.

By Michelle Blade
Monday, 11th May 2020, 3:45 pm

Barton Road Centre is now a drop off point for anyone in the Bowerham, Scotforth, Newlands and Hala areas of Lancaster who wants to donate food to Morecambe Bay Foodbank.

Those who wish to contribute, should take their donations to the garden at the back of the centre on Tuesdays or Thursdays between 9.30am-1pm.

Foods required include canned meat, pasta and pasta sauce, tinned tomatoes, rice pudding, beans, tinned fruit and instant mash.

Volunteers John Weaver and Jean Young helping out at the Barton Road centre food drop off point.

“We’ve had a huge response from people across the community,” said Janine Bebbington, chair of Barton Road Centre’s trustees.

“Several people who have been to drop off food have organised a door step collection on their street and then dropped it off at the centre gates which seems like a really good idea. Imagine if every street did the same? We’d have created a food drop-off movement!”

“People are just anxious to help - opening our gates twice a week is a way to facilitate the community’s kindness. It’s been lovely to see people forming orderly queues while observing social distancing guidelines. We now have a huge bank of centre volunteers who have been only too keen to give their time to staff the sessions”

The food collection is the latest move by Barton Road Centre to support the community during the current crisis.

Anyone who would like to volunteer to steward the food drop-off sessions or who lives in south Lancaster and needs support, should ring Barton Road Centre on 01524 65622 between 9am-1pm or email [email protected] for more information.