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Tuesday, 02 September 2014

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Barrow and Furness MP struck by kindness of Ulverston foodbank helpers

RESIDENTS in desperate need of hunger relief will have better access to rations following the opening of a new drop-in centre.

Volunteers and supporters gathered yesterday to anoint the Bethany Christian Church as the new headquarters of Barrow Foodbank’s Ulverston satellite service.

Dozens of men, women and children, who otherwise would have gone hungry, have benefited since the Ulverston branch opened in December last year.

The original drop-in centre was located at Ulverston Parish Church.

“There was a limited storage space and because there were funerals and services going on it wasn’t really confidential,” the foodbank’s Ulverston co-ordinator Mike Atkinson said.

“It was too public and one of the most important things about people coming to collect food is that it should be confidential and quiet.

“It was also on the outskirts of town, whereas Bethany is close to the bus station and close to the centre of town.”

Barrow and Furness MP John Woodcock, who cut the ribbon, said he was struck by the generosity of volunteers and donors.

“These events are both heart-warming and sad because it’s a travesty that so many people are falling on hard times and needing support,” he said.

“But it is testament to the community spirit that we have here that people are rallying around this operation and have made it possible to expand into Ulverston.”

Mr Atkinson said one of the service’s priorities would be to help more people in need – particularly in Ulverston’s rural areas.

“We’re very concerned about rural poverty,” he said. “We don’t know how many people out in the countryside are in difficulty as well.”

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