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Tuesday, 02 September 2014

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Ulverston foodbank issues appeal to meet growing demand

THE extent of the food crisis in Ulverston has shocked organisers of the local foodbank – who have handed out around 300kg in care packages in just three months.

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HELP PLEA From left: Rev Jo Northey and Councillor Lisa Hammond are appealing for more donations for the Barrow Foodbank. The foodbank has been set up by local church volunteers JOE RILEY REF: 50033590B000

The centre in Ulverston is a satellite of Barrow Foodbank and opened in December after it emerged people were walking up to 20 miles to pick up emergency rations.

But organisers in Ulverston have issued a plea for more food after finding demand for support in the area is three times the current rate of donations.

Emergency rations can be claimed by residents who are issued with a voucher from an accredited partner organisation, including Citizens’ Advice and Age UK.

Ulverston Foodbank co-ordinator Mike Atkinson said current economic conditions and government spending cuts were making it increasingly difficult for families to afford to put food on the table.

He added: “Since we opened at Christmas a real need has emerged for this sort of crisis provision, and we see the need growing significantly.”

The Ulverston Foodbank has issued more than 30 food packages so far and Mr Atkinson said this demand highlighted the need for support from the local community.

There are concerns that benefit changes which have just come into force will mean a rise in people needing emergency support.

Mr Atkinson said: “All the food is donated and not purchased.

“At the moment we are seeking to increase the food donations in Ulverston by involving more schools, shops and workplaces as well as the churches.”

The foodbank recently moved its Ulverston headquarters to Lightburn Road. The centre opened at Bethany Church last Monday, which organisers say is more convenient for clients due to its central location.

Ulverston Parish Church, where the foodbank was initially set up, will remain the central collection point for donations in the town.

Mr Atkinson said there was still an urgent need for donations.

He added: “We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of the public donating to the food bank and are grateful for any donations of food or money.”

The Lightburn Road facility is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday, from 11am to 1pm.

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Will somebody please confirm that this is 2013 and NOT 1913.

Posted by William Wooleyback on 2 April 2013 at 19:30

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