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Blackburn gets a food bank to help people feed the family


Blackburn is to join a national network of food banks by opening the volunteer centre later this year.

Blackburn Foodbank will provide parcels of ‘non-perishables’ – things like tinned vegetables, dried pasta and long-life milk – to those who need it the most.

The foodbank, run by volunteers, gets its stock through donations from the public and those behind it are urging Blackburn with Darwen folk to help out.

Ros Duerden, chair of Blackburn Foodbank, said: “We need lots of food before we open in the autumn. Indeed, we need enough food to fill a double bedroom.

“We are asking everyone to rally round to give items such as breakfast cereals, pasta sauces, tinned veg, tomatoes, meat, rice and sponge pudding, sugar, UHT milk, fruit juice and pasta.”

She added, “This time last year many families with two working adults were just getting by, now even a relatively small problem can throw people living on the edge of poverty into crisis – we call them the hidden hungry.  We provide short term emergency food to people in crisis to help families get back on their feet.

“We don’t just give out bags of food – we will also offer support, advice and signposting. We will help and encourage those who visit the food bank.”

People who may need to go to the foodbank are identified through care professionals such as social workers and health workers and are given vouchers.

Where is Blackburn Foodbank

Food will be distributed at the foodbank centre at:

Unit 2
Brunswick Street
Whalley Banks

They can be contacted at: info@blackburn.foodbank.org.uk

Telephone: 01254 672756

Opening times from 11am – 2pm – Monday Wednesday Friday

Warehouse opening times for  deliveries MONDAY  10am – 3pm THURSDAY 6pm – 7.30pm

The foodbank hopes to provide bulk food for other charities to provide cooked meals for people too.

Blackburn Food bank is backed by the Trussell Trust, which runs a network of food banks across the UK.

For more information and to find out how to donate, target=”_blank”>http://blackburn.foodbank.org.uk/ or call 01254 677836/ 07803513767 during office hours

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