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Wednesday, 27 May 2015

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£1,000 boost for Barrow Food Bank to help families

A DRIVE to help a vital service cope with rising demand over the summer holidays has received a welcome donation.

Barrow Food Bank is the latest group to benefit from the Lake District Farmers Armstrong Family Charitable Fund and has been presented with £1,000.

The money will go towards providing emergency food parcels to people in need and making sure families don’t go hungry.

It is estimated that the £1,000 alone will pay for 595kg of food and could feed 20 families for three days each.

The cheque was presented to owner of Tastebuds Cafe, in Duke Street, Barrow, and Rotary Club of Furness member, Roy Worthington, on behalf of Barrow Food Bank.

Scores of volunteers help collect, pack and distribute food parcels to struggling residents at sites in Barrow, Ulverston and Millom.

The money was raised at an annual celebrity chef event held in Dalton, hosted and sponsored by Clarence House Country Hotel and Restaurant.

Mr Worthington said: “It’s a national disgrace that we have to have foodbanks.

“I looked at the latest figures in an article a few weeks and it’s not worrying, it’s frightening.”

The Evening Mail has also launched a Tonne of Tins campaign for Barrow Food Bank which has so far collected around 1,200kg of food in cash and tin donations.

Anyone who wants to donate to the campaign should address cheques to Barrow Food Bank and post them to the Evening Mail’s offices in Abbey Road, Barrow.

Alternatively, to donate by credit or debit card, call our accounts team to make a secure payment on 01229 840173.

Have your say

I urge the citizens of barrow to help the foodbank. I've seen how it's helped families in genuine need. I also urge those in genuine need to seek the help.

If everyone could just pop a couple of extra tins in their shopping trolley each week and throw them in the donation bins in the supermarkets it would help so many families. Not just food stuffs but could you maybe afford a pack of nappies instead? Every little thing helps. Many people would barely notice a few extra quid on the shopping bill...so why not?

For anyone under the illusion that the foodbank simply assists people on benefits who have spent all their money on booze...that is not the case. People have to be referred to the foodbank before they can get any help, working families can also get assistance. Working families already on the breadline who meet an unexpected expense can be faced with extreme hardship and the foodbank does not discriminate there and will help anyone in genuine need. For once...helping low income workers too instead of just people on benefits.

Can not think of a better cause in this town, and so easy to contribute.

Posted by staffsupporter on 30 September 2014 at 20:50

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