WEST Cheshire food bank is set to receive a £30,000 donation to help tackle the key aspects of poverty and support the citizen of Cheshire over the Christmas period.
The Morgan Foundation granted the donation to enable the food bank, which opened in November 2012, to keep supporting communities in need around Cheshire.
The donation will also be used towards the salary costs of the Operations Officer over the next 3 years.
The food bank also received a £22,000 donation from the Westminster Foundation earlier this month that would help towards the costs of the development officer’s salary for the next 2 years.
Rose Uitterdijk, West Cheshire Foodbank Trustee said: “We’ve grown far quicker than we thought we would since we first opened our doors over two years ago.
Andrew Herbert, Trustee at West Cheshire Food bank said: “for any food bank, feeding people in financial crisis is clearly a core activity.
“Since starting work in September 2013 our development worker has been crucial to the effective implementation of the broader approach as well as establishing a solid foundation for our core food operation”.
Food prices have increased by around 30.5% in the last 5 years, and while the majority of households in poverty are in work, around 60% admitted to cutting back on food to try and save money.
With the Christmas period fast approaching, the organisation expects an increase in the number of visitors.
Alec Spencer, Development Officer at West Cheshire Foodbank expects “there to be an increase of pressure on people over the Christmas period- our experience from last year suggests that more people will visit in January because of this”.
Jane Harris, Administrator, of the Morgan Foundation said: “It is a sad fact that more and more people are needing access to food via Foodbanks.
“We were impressed by the management, organisation and scope of activities at West Cheshire Foodbank and are confident that the new Operations Co-ordinator will assist in developing the charity still further”.
The food bank also received a £5,000 donation from The Santander Foundation, which will be used to towards the charity’s warehousing and distribution costs.
Peter Stelfox, Warehouse Co-ordinator at West Cheshire Foodbank said: “Life is really tough for so many people who visit us, especially as the weather gets colder and Christmas approaches.
“We’re really pleased that Santander Foundation has recognised the value of the work undertaken in our community.
The organisation relies on volunteers and public donations and “without their generosity we couldn’t do what we do” states Mr Spencer.
“We run almost entirely by volunteers and we’re currently looking for lots of people to get involved.
“We are looking to grow our communications team- so if you’ve got a passion for social media, we’d love to hear from you”.
Get in touch at: www.westcheshirefoodbank.org.uk