Newcastle’s Alice Charity sets up People’s Pantry to help combat food poverty

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A charity in Newcastle-under-Lyme has launched a new service to help poor families who are struggling to feed their children.

The Alice Charity has opened a People’s Pantry in Bridge Street, which aims to provide two days’ emergency food for people in need.

Its director said the charity, which provides a range of help and support for families in Newcastle and Stoke-on-Trent, had been receiving calls from worried parents who could not feed their children.

Stoke-on-Trent is the 16th most deprived area in England, with approximately 14,750 children living in poverty.

According to End Child Poverty, 23.9% of children in Newcastle-under-Lyme are living in poverty.

The Alice Charity’s family support director Emily Petts said: “We have phone calls from parents saying my son’s going to be home from school in three hours and I can’t afford to feed him his tea – so it’s dire and people need help.

“We want to provide somewhere safe and comforting where they can have a cup of tea and cake.

“We’re stocking general food but additionally we’re stocking baby items as well which the local food banks aren’t able to do.”

The cause does not only help vulnerable families with food but it also offers emotional and practical support.

Ms Petts added: “We also help families with children who are autistic, and need help with a push in the right direction.

“Sometimes it’s just a cup of tea or being on the other end of the phone, listening to them if they’ve had a bad day.”

 

People's pantry shop

People’s pantry shop

The Alice Charity also provides goods such as beds, carpets, fridges and washing machines.

Their campaign for beds for children in December, led to them receiving more than 100 beds in time for Christmas.

The pantry will be open five days a week from 11am to 1pm and all food will be given away in supermarket shopping bags so it’s all fully confidential.

“We’re stocking general food but additionally we’re stocking baby items as well which the local food banks aren’t able to do.”

More information is available on the website https://alicecharity.com/

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