Keep foodbank donations coming

Rev Peter Brown and Annette Smith co-ordinators of the Morecambe Bay Foodbank.
Rev Peter Brown and Annette Smith co-ordinators of the Morecambe Bay Foodbank.

The Morecambe Bay foodbank has received more than double its food target from generous local people to support local families in crisis.

The total of six tonnes is double the target the charity set itself just a few weeks ago.

Foodbank volunteers and supporters will be celebrating the success of the campaign so far at a special event at The GYM Methodist Church on Green Street, Morecambe.

Morecambe Bay foodbank co-ordinator Annette Smith, from Morecambe, said: “We would like to thank everyone for all the amazing support we have had over the last few weeks.

“We have received donations from right across the Morecambe Bay area from schools, churches and supermarket shoppers.

“At Tesco in Carnforth, generous shoppers donated over 1.5 tonnes of food.

“Students and staff from Lancaster University had their own collection with 200kg of food donated, and nursery staff at Lancaster and Morecambe College kindly donated their ‘Secret Santa’ to the foodbank.

“We appreciate each and every donation which will make a difference to the lives of struggling individuals and families in the coming few months.

“There are an increasing number of families in our area struggling to put food on the table.

“For people on low incomes, a sudden crisis like redundancy, benefit delay or even an unexpected bill, can mean going hungry.

“The foodbank provides emergency food and support to local people in crisis.

“Our challenge now is to make sure we can sustain donations over the coming months and possibly years so that we can continue to support local people in need.”

The first food boxes, providing three days of emergency food, will be ready in early January, and to keep donations coming in foodbank volunteers will be collecting at Asda, Lancaster Road, Morecambe on Thursday, January 3, between 10am and 6pm.

The foodbank is in need of volunteers to help at the collection and with sorting and packing food into emergency food boxes.

All those eligible for a foodbank donation are identified by local frontline care professionals such as doctors, health visitors, social workers, Citizens Advice Bureau and children’s centre staff.

They are then provided with a voucher to present at the foodbank.

Food donations needed include: milk (UHT or powdered); sugar, fruit juice, soup; pasta; sponge puddings; tinned tomatoes; cereals; tea bags; tinned meat/fish; washing up liquid and jam.

A full list is available from Morecambe Bay foodbank.