Refurbished Barrow foodbank centre ‘beyond our wildest dreams’
Last updated at 16:13, Tuesday, 20 August 2013
AFTER weeks of hard work, a volunteer group is now better equipped than ever to help struggling families in Barrow, Ulverston, Millom and surrounding areas.
Barrow Foodbank’s refurbished warehouse has been unveiled at Abbey Road Baptist Church.
It comes at a time when Citizens Advice Bureau has revealed there was a 78 per cent increase in enquiries about foodbanks in the first half of this year, with a growing number of working families in regular need of emergency food parcels.
Ann Mills, project manager at Barrow Foodbank, said: “We do have some people on benefits who are at crisis point but the majority, a good percentage, are people working on very low incomes.
“A lot of them are in the tourist trade and living in tourism accommodation. Of course when the tourism season finishes they are out of work and have no accommodation.
“We will see another big surge in people coming here when the season finishes.”
But Mrs Mills and her team have been given a boost thanks to Kier Construction which has performed thousands of pounds of renovations free of charge to improve the group’s warehouse.
Mrs Mills said: “I feel like Cinderella at the ball because never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined someone would do this for us.
“When we look back at the pictures of what it used to look like we look at each other and ask ‘was it really that bad?’”
Barrow Foodbank is operated by the Trussell Trust and opened in July last year. Following high demand, branches were opened in Millom and Ulverston. The new warehouse will provide storage and be a hub for all three branches.
The CAB warns the rising cost of living will continue to put pressure on foodbanks. Gillian Guy, CAB chief executive, said: “Foodbanks have no place in modern Britain. Millions of families are facing a perfect storm of pressures on their budgets. The alarming rise in foodbanks enquiries in the past six months shows that despite good news about falling unemployment, millions are still facing hard times.”
First published at 15:59, Tuesday, 20 August 2013
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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Is it just me...
Shouldn't we be celebrating the closing of this foodbank not it's expansion?
The people who make the decisions which impact the families financially sit in parliaments, town halls and county halls across the land and they are still failing the people they like to be photographed supporting.
Or is that just me?
Well done to Kier Construction! In a time of recession you have dug deep to give your resources, time and support to the Foodbank and all the people who need to use it. Ann and the Foodbank staff all do a fantastic job and they can now do their job in nicer surroundings.