AT RISK OF CLOSURE, SALFORD FOODBANK IS INVITING LOCAL PEOPLE TO EMERGENCY MEETING
Salford Foodbank is facing potential closure of all its four food bank centres in the next four months if funding and new premises cannot be found.
The foodbank, which gave out 5,741 three-day emergency food parcels in the last year (an increase of 24% from the previous year), will have its future decided at a public stakeholder meeting at 5:30 – 7pm on 14th November at Go Church, Salford Quays.
Anyone with ideas, experience in funding or fundraising, skills to offer or who wants to be part of the solution is invited to join the meeting, where attendees will come up with positive actions to ensure its survival.
In April 2019, Salford Foodbank faced a huge challenge when it didn’t secure crucial funding to meet increased demand.
Salford Foodbank is run by two part-time staff and 70 volunteers who process and give out around 35 tons of donated food annually. However, its largest monthly costs are staff salaries and its premises. Salford Foodbank has its main food bank centre and food store at Christ Central, Mocha Parade in Lower Broughton but due to redevelopment, new premises will need to be found by early 2020 for it to remain open, so the charity welcomes suggestions of low-cost space for rent.
Foodbank trustee Naomi Whitman says: “Salford Foodbank has been a lifeline for over 20,000 people in Salford since it opened in 2012. What would happen to those families in our community who are locked in poverty if the food bank were to close is a stark prospect.
The staff and trustees have worked tirelessly to keep the food bank running, keeping costs low and relying on generous donations from the community and smaller funds. Sadly we’ll have no choice but to close if a solution is not found on 14th November.”
THURSDAY 14th NOVEMBER – 5.30pm – 7.00pm
Go Church, Studio4, Dallas Court, Salford M50 2GF
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If you are unable to attend the meeting but are able to help, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
A phone call can be arranged with team member.