Manchester Universities Catholic Chaplaincy
On Saturday, 17th August we had our second ever food drive at the incredibly large Tesco Extra in Gorton, just a five minute drive down the road. This Tesco was so large it had its own cafe, pharmacy, opticians and electronics shop all located in-store. The footfall into the Tesco was therefore incredibly high throughout the whole day. At certain points the four volunteers located in the entrance were unable to help with all the people who wished to donate or learn about our foodbank.
Large stores like this are a great way for us to gain large amounts of food as well as spread awareness to the largest amount of people. Throughout the day we had three people who were interested in volunteering (and have since e-mailed us) as well as local social workers who wished to pass information about us on to their local organisations. This showed to me that food drives are not just about collecting food, but also about raising awareness about what foodbanks are and the reasons for they are needed.
In addition, the days are also a great way for all the volunteers for the Manchester Central Foodbank to come together to help out in a single event. One of the best ways that help motivate me when volunteering is when I'm doing it with like-minded people, all united by a common set of Christian values. Charity and volunteer work in the community is the greatest way any of us can express our faith. Faith in Action is Charity!