Due to a significant funding shortfall Freedom Central Manchester, the charity that runs Salford Foodbank, is having to reduce costs which includes staffing changes.
Mark Whittington, the current Salford Foodbank Manager, is being made redundant on 30th September 2019 although he will stay on for a 3-month period in a part-time role.
Mark says: ‘I am sad to be leaving but it has been a privilege to help so many local people in crisis situations. I would like to thank everyone in the local community for the support it has shown through food and financial donations since the foodbank started in 2012. In 2019, we expect that we will have given out 6,000 emergency food parcels which is a testament to the amazing volunteers that help run our four foodbank centres.’
Matthew Chandler, Chair of Trustees for Freedom Central Manchester, says: ‘Mark has been instrumental in developing Salford Foodbank. He has served the community of Salford with dedication and compassion for years and will be truly missed by many when he leaves. It has been a difficult decision to reduce our level of staffing, but it is necessary if we are to manage within our limited financial resources.’
From October 2019, due to having no full-time staff, the office of Salford Foodbank (at Mocha Parade) will be closed on Wednesdays.
At present, there are no immediate plans to close any of the foodbank centres although financial donations would be greatly appreciated to help prevent any further changes.
Donations can be made via Local Giving or by cheques made payable to ‘Freedom Central Manchester’ and sent to Salford Foodbank, Mocha Parade, Lower Broughton, Salford, M7 1QE.
Thanks very much for your support!