30th July 2020

Salford Foodbank will be reopening distribution centres from 4th August allowing those most in need to collect their food parcels from across the city.

Throughout the lockdown Salford Foodbank has been operating a home delivery service, thanks to a huge team of volunteers. This was the safest way to function under the restrictions. However, as lockdown now eases our pool of volunteer drivers is quickly reducing as they return to work and their “day jobs”. So, Salford Foodbank are reverting back to distributing food from a specific location starting with two centres initially in August and more to follow in September.

Clients will need an electronic voucher code from one of our partner agencies, to obtain their food parcel. They can then collect a pre-packaged parcel from their local distribution centre, which of course will be Covid safe. Each food parcel contains approximately 3 days of emergency food for each person in the household.

The two distribution centres opening in August are:

1. GO Church – Tuesday’s 10.30-12.30
2. Salford Loaves & Fishes – Friday’s 12.30-2.30.

As we ease into our new normal, from September onwards, we will be increasing the number of distribution centres and days available for collection.

“We are very excited about our ‘new look’ foodbank, based at our new Warehouse and Offices on Kansas Avenue, and with (mostly) new Distribution Centres dotted around the city. We have good supplies of food and money to buy more food if we need it. However, we remain concerned that demand may rise again going into the autumn as the effects of lockdown continue to become known, so we want a strong and flexible Volunteer Pool to be ready for whatever happens.” Iain Wight, Salford Foodbank Manager

“We want to say an enormous thank you to our volunteers and our staff members: Iain Wight, Mervyn Gledhill and Patricia Payne who have worked tirelessly throughout the crisis to ensure that people are fed in Salford, as well as moving us to our new warehouse facility at Kansas Avenue. Without their dedication, commitment, vision and passion to redefine our service for this time, we would have seen many go without food in this testing time.” Naomi Whitman, Chair of Trustees.

Salford Foodbank has been supported financially by an increasing number of charitable donations from individuals and organisations to ensure there is enough food in stock and the infrastructure is strong enough to thrive into the future.

“We also want to say a huge thank you to our recent Funders and supporters:
– Direct Line, Salford CVS, Duchy of Lancaster Benevolent Fund, Booths Charity, Forever Manchester, Christ Central Manchester and The Cotton Industry War Memorial Trust.

– Tesco, Sainsburys, Morrisons, and Asda for topping up and matching food donations.

– Peel Media, Manchester United Foundation, British Gas, Seddon Construction and Electricity North West, for supporting us in our office move and as delivery drivers.

What an impressive list of generosity, showing the heart of this city for people most in need of help”.

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