As reported in March, local charity Stoke-on-Trent Foodbank is launching today after months of hard work from local volunteers to build the new warehouse, and to build relationships locally to start getting the help to the people in need.
Wesley Hall Methodist Church started the Stoke-on-Trent arm of the Foodbank service which is backed by the Trussell Trust, which runs a network of food banks across the UK.
Reverend Ron Willoughby said
"the aim is to help people in crisis with three days of nutritional food. and to provide help and encouragement
We're as ready as we can be. We hoped to have two-and-a-half to three tonnes of food in the warehouse, but it is closer to one-and-a-half tonnes.
All food given out by food banks is donated and professionals identify those in "crisis" and give them a food bank voucher. Food banks are seeing people from all walks of life turning to us for help when they hit crisis.
Today's opening will see Local politicians, councillors, volunteers and core team will be at the launch
- Milk (UHT or powered)
- Sugar (500g)
- Fruit Juice (long life carton)
- Pasta sauces
- Sponge Pudding (Tinned)
- Baked Beans (Tinned)
- Rice Pudding (tinned)
- Tea Bags/Instant Coffee
- Instant Mash Potato
- Tinned Meat.Fish
- Tinned Fruit
- Biscuits or Snack Bars
- 'Free From' items