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Bid to buy a tonne of tins for Barrow food bank

THE Evening Mail is running a four-week campaign to raise enough money to pay for a tonne of food for the Barrow Foodbank.

Our campaign has been sparked following shocking figures which reveal the true extent of food poverty in south Cumbria.

Barrow Foodbank, which also has satellite sites in Ulverston and Millom, fed a staggering 1,842 people and issued 724 food vouchers between May and July this year – an increase of 57 per cent on the same period last year.

More people than ever before are using the foodbank in our area, which for many low-income and struggling families is the only way to stop them from going hungry.

Today in the first of six special reports, we launch our drive to raise £1,680 – which will pay for 1,000 kilos of food to feed people in need.

Ann Mills, project manager of Barrow Foodbank, said the donation would help maintain stock levels in the face of high demand. She said: “We are giving away between one-and-a-quarter and one-and-a-half tonnes of food a day.

“A day’s food means a lot to us. We are seeing a lot of large families at the moment so a lot of food is going out.

“We are so grateful for all our donations. One tonne would be a huge boost.”

A tonne of food at the Barrow Foodbank costs £1,680, with a pack to feed a family-of-four for three days costing £50.40.

In that pack a family receives basic items such as cereal, milk, cans of soup and instant mash.

The main reasons cited by people for using the food bank were benefit delays, unemployment and low income.

Statistically, the worst affected wards for food poverty in Barrow are Central, Hindpool and Ormsgill.

However, the Barrow Foodbank has also supported people in Hawkshead, Coniston and Crake Valley, and Broughton in the past three months.

The Evening Mail has kicked off the Tonne of Tins campaign with a £100 donation, setting us on our way to our one tonne goal.

John Woodcock’s office has also pledged to support the campaign financially.

A spokesman for the Barrow and Furness MP said: “The MP’s office will be making a contribution to this important cause and John has consistently supported Barrow Foodbank since its inception.”

By Friday September 5, the Evening Mail hopes to have reached the one tonne target and hopes communities will be inspired by the incredible volunteers at the foodbank who collect, pack and distribute food packages every day.

  • Tomorrow, Evening Mail reporter David Pickthall reveals his experience in living off the foodbank for a week
Have your say

I hope that people do not get confused with the ENGLISH weight of a TON that is 2240 pounds. The TONNE is metric and equivalent to 2204.62 pounds. That is a few tins different.

Posted by a.yeoman on 19 August 2014 at 09:18

I wonder what percentage of the people using
Food banks, are in possession of a mobile phone or
a pack of cigarettes?

Because If people did without These items they would probably
Have more £'s in their pocket to help feed themselves!

Posted by John Solomon Fisher on 16 August 2014 at 14:59

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