Lancaster community rally round to help Morecambe Bay Foodbank

More than 400 crates of food and toiletries so far have been sent to Morecambe Bay Foodbank during the Covid-19 pandemic, thanks to the residents of south Lancaster.

Friday, 11th December 2020, 7:00 am

The crates have been collected at Barton Road Centre which has been a drop off point manned by volunteers over the past seven months.

And no-one knows how successful the community effort has been better than Anne and John Sugden who have volunteered every Tuesday since the Centre launched its food drop off back in May.

“I wanted to help people and thought this was something I could do that would make a difference,” said John.

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John and Anne Sugden, two of the many Barton Road Centre volunteers who've helped at the food drop off where more than 400 crates have been collected for Morecambe Bay Foodbank.

“When we first opened the gate at the centre for the food bank collection, we had a queue outside and had to martial the people to make sure they social distanced. People were very supportive,” added Anne.

Barton Road Centre will continue to be a Food Bank collection point for the foreseeable future and will be introducing a Toucan Project where neighbours in Scotforth, Bowerham and Hala will be encouraged to donate two cans of food per household and take them to the centre.

The food drop off sessions are every Tuesday and Thursday from 9am-1pm and that’s when visitors and passersby can also purchase takeaway home-made soup, tea, coffee and hot chocolate from the back of the Centre.

For more information about Barton Road Centre’s various initiatives during the pandemic, ring 01524 65622 or email [email protected]