Weaver Vale Housing Trust staff are helping families living on the breadline, by donating over £1,000 worth of food to local foodbanks.
Thanks to the fundraising efforts of staff, the Trust was able to purchase hundreds of essential items, including cans of soup, meat, toiletries and nappies.
These have been handed over to the Mid-Cheshire Foodbank, which serves families in Winsford and Northwich who are in need.
The Foodbank, which is part of The Trussell Trust, offers support to local people in crisis by providing emergency food supplies in exchange upon receipt of foodbank vouchers. The vouchers are given out to vulnerable residents by frontline services, including our staff here at the Trust.
The Mid-Cheshire Foodbank is the Trust’s charity of the year, with staff having raised over £3,000 for the cause so far.
The number of families turning to the foodbank for three-day emergency food supplies at the Mid Cheshire Foodbank is increasing much faster than the national average.
Between April 1 2017 and March 31 2018, 5,511 emergency food packages were provided to people in the Northwich and Winsford area by the Mid Cheshire Foodbank. More than 2,200 of them went to homes with children.
The Foodbank relies on donations of non-perishable food items in order to continue supporting locals in emergency situations. Its volunteers also signpost service users to agencies, which can offer additional help.
Judith Burbidge, Director of Neighbourhoods & Customer Services at Weaver Vale said:
“Over the past 18 months, we have seen more and more of our customers turn to the Mid-Cheshire Foodbank for support.
“It’s a cause that is close to our hearts, and our staff’s generosity will allow the Foodbank to give extra help to those in need.
“As our charity of the year, we will be doing everything we can to support the Mid-Cheshire Foodbank.”
Jo Rafferty, Foodbank manager of Mid Cheshire Foodbank, said:
“We have seen a real increase in people needing food supplies - we are so grateful for this massive donation from Weaver Vale Housing Trust.
“We have seen a 40% rise in demand for our services in the last year alone. This is a huge increase so we rely heavily on the generosity of our supporters and volunteers.”
The Trussell Trust estimates that one in every five people in the UK are living below the poverty line and are in need of support.
To find out more about the work of the Mid-Cheshire Foodbank and how you can help, visit www.midcheshire.foodbank.org.uk