By Kalina Swirko: A new Stoke-on-Trent food bank is appealing for more donations.
The project was set up by seven churches across the city to combat poverty in the region. It has already collected two tonnes of food, but the demand is increasing every day.
“Since the launch we’ve had loads of food donated to us because of the media coverage,” said food bank manager Sue Simcoe. “We also did a three-day food drive at a local supermarket at the weekend and collected half a tonne from the customers
“Right now there is about two tonnes worth of food in the warehouse, which is enough for our needs at the moment, but as more people start accessing the distribution points we’ll need much more.
“We’ve had quite a lot of people coming to us asking for help, including a girl who was six-months pregnant with no food in the house. We want to help and it’s an ongoing process’’.
The products needed the most at the moment are vegetarian products, tinned vegetables, sugar, snacks, staple foods and tins of meats.
Sue thanked local residents who had already pledged their support.
‘’The people of Stoke-on-Trent have really stepped up to the mark,” she said. “We have had phone calls from people wanting to volunteer and from professionals who want to become referral agents for us.
“There’s always loads of different roles for people to get involved for a couple of hours a week.”
The Stoke-on-Trent food bank is based in Wesley Hall Methodist Church in Sneyd Green. For more information call 01782 281818.