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Halton landlord pledges £2,000 for Runcorn Foodbank
RUNCORN Foodbank has provided emergency rations to 2,100 children and adults since it opened last November.
Halton social housing provider, Riverside has pledged a further £2,000 to provide more support for those in need.
Riverside donated £3,000 towards the set-up of the foodbank last year.
Halton is seeing a growing demand for food as more families face financial hardship., Lorna Hughes, community engagement officer for Riverside in Runcorn, said: “There was an increased demand for food bank throughout the long summer holidays, when some families struggle to feed their children without the support of free school dinners.
“Now that the children have gone back to school, families will start to face an increase in fuel costs alongside rising food bills, so we expect demand to remain high.”
Volunteers also cite debt, low income and loss of benefits as reasons behind increased use of foodbanks.
Rev Brenda Stretton said: “Our volunteers do a fantastic job, especially in light of the increasing numbers of people coming to us for food.”
Schools, businesses, churches, supermarkets and individuals regularly contribute items.
The foodbank is currently appealing for tinned meat and tinned vegetables.
Donations can be left at local churches, Runcorn Asda or the Co-op in the old town.
The foodbank is open to any Runcorn resident who is in crisis and obtains a voucher from a range of agencies, including social housing providers, Halton CAB, Job Centre Plus, Age UK, Brookvale and Windmill Hill Children’s Centres, The British Red Cross, The Catholic Children’s Society, Halton Disability Partnership and Halton People Into Jobs.
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