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.