Manchester Universities Catholic Chaplaincy
This Saturday we will be having a food collection day at our local Asda Superstore. Between 9.30 and 4.30 we will be attempting to encourage members of the public to purchase items to donate to us. 90% of food donated to Trussell Trust foodbanks is from members of the general public, so these days are very important for us.
We require 3 metric tonnes of food to be stored in our Food Warehouse even before we open our doors to clients. This on paper does not seem like much but in reality is equivalent to over 6000 tins of food. This amount of food will allow us to serve clients for at least the first month. We then won't have to worry about food collections for a while and completely focus on our clients.
On Saturday we need volunteers willing to give up one or two hours of their time to help us hand out flyers and collect food. If you are interested in any way please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This, we believe, will be the first student-run foodbank in the country. There is a pressing need for this service in the local area, with, for example, 47% of children living below the poverty line in Central Manchester. This is one of the highest rates in the UK.
Seeded by ‘The Trussell Trust’, the UK’s largest Foodbank network, we will be providing three days’ worth of nutritionally balanced, non-perishable emergency food parcels to individuals and families who have been referred to us by local frontline services. In addition to our emergency food and supplies services, there will also be the opportunity of hot food and refreshment, and a friendly chat in a warm and relaxed environment.
We are still in the early stages of setting up this foodbank and we hope to be able to serve clients by the beginning of October.