Trafford Housing Trust

Trust launches new Foodbank delivery initiative

15 October 2014

Joan Tanner and Billy Best shake on the initiativeTackling Food Poverty Together is a week of action from 13th- 19th October designed to raise awareness and help produce solutions for the challenge of food poverty in Greater Manchester. Other businesses taking part in the campaign include Kelloggs, Asda, the University of Salford and the Manchester Evening News.

To mark this week of action the Trust has arranged for the company’s Repairs Service to collect and deliver the food while on their routine rounds. The scheme will be launched today (15th October) with Trust driver Billy Best collecting a food package from Timperley and delivering to Sale Moor. It is hoped the scheme will then be rolled out to other areas within the borough.

The initiative began after Trust staff recently visited Trafford South Foodbank to see what assistance could be provided.  One volunteer, Joan Tanner revealed how she personally collects and delivers food for the Foodbank. Wanting to do something to assist we realised that we had the transport and resources to collect and deliver the food.

Joan commented: “Trafford South Foodbank do a lot of great work for people in need, and the support Trafford Housing Trust is able to provide will be invaluable to individuals and families within the local area. Foodbanks are run and supported by volunteers, many retired, and so any extra support we can receive from organisations within the local community is very welcome.”

Joan Tanner and Billy Best collecting food for the deliveryDebbie Gorman, Service Lead at Trafford Housing Trust, added: “Food poverty isn’t acceptable in a modern society and we believe it can be tackled through joined up action. That’s why the Trust is one of a group of businesses, organisations and charities that have come together to take action as part of Tackling Poverty Together.”

On 15th October, the day of the first THT foodbank delivery, an event will also be held at St Matthews, Stretford from 10.00am-3.00pm which will be open to THT tenants and the local community. During the day there will be a range of stalls and talks which will provide further information on Tackling Food Poverty Together.

For more information on how you can get involved or how you can support those organisations on the front line in Greater Manchester visit the Manchester Food Poverty website.

For more information about how theTrust are getting involved see our calendar of events here. Further details of the Trafford South Foodbank can be found here.

 

 

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