By Kalina Swirko: A new food bank has been launched in Stoke-on-Trent.
Seven churches will be working together to collect and distribute food to families in need, with Wesley Hall Methodist Church acting as the main warehouse for the project.
It follows recent statistics by the national Child Poverty Action Group ranking Stoke-on-Trent as the West Midlands’ third-worst area for child poverty.
Sue Simcoe, the project manager of the Wesley Hall centre, told StaffsLive that demand was high for such a project.
“There are initially seven distribution centres being set up around Stoke-on-Trent, but ultimately we’d want to have one within walking distance of anybody in the region,” said Sue.
“There’s a massive need for this project. Most days people are asking ‘is there anything you can do for this family?’”
There are a number of opportunities for local people to get involved with the food bank scheme.
“There’s jobs for most people within the food bank,” Sue explained. “But what we really need is food. Individuals can add a couple of cans to their shopping.
“Churches are doing food drives, so the congregations are bringing in products. Schools are also helping. Children take a letter from us and a shopping list home with them and the parents send them back with the food.”