On the breadline: Food banks in Greater Manchester

Volunteer at a food bank Thousands of people are turning to food banks for help

A record number of people in the North West turned to food banks in the last six months because they cannot afford to feed themselves, a charity says.

The Trussell Trust said its network of food banks across Lancashire, Merseyside and Greater Manchester fed more than 13,500 people since April. This compares to just 10 people in same period last year.

Food Bank Network Development Officer Lynda Battarbee said: "Food banks are becoming increasingly important as people struggle with the rising cost of living and the static nature of income levels.

"In many cases this is forcing people to make difficult decisions between heating and eating, particularly as winter sets in.

Food banks: What is needed

  • Milk (UHT or powdered)
  • Sugar (500 g)
  • Fruit juice (carton)
  • Soup
  • Pasta sauces
  • Sponge pudding (tinned)
  • Tomatoes (tinned)
  • Cereals
  • Rice pudding (tinned)
  • Tea bags/ instant coffee
  • Instant mashed potato
  • Rice/ pasta
  • Tinned meat/ fish
  • Tinned fruit
  • Jam
  • Biscuits or snack bar

"Here in the North West, thousands of people a year are finding themselves going without food and are having to turn to food banks for help."

The reasons range from redundancy or reassessment of benefits to receiving an unexpected bill on a low income.

In addition to 20 Trussell Trust food banks in the region, FareShare North West has over 70 community food groups providing hundreds of people each day with meals, snacks or food parcels.

FareShare works with food manufacturers to stop food being wasted. Every year, 200 tonnes of surplus food are delivered to its depot at New Smithfield Market to be distributed to those in food poverty.

This week, the BBC is looking at food banks, the people who use them and why the need for food handouts is increasing.

Shoppers at Tesco can make food donations at supermarkets all weekend (1 & 2 December), with the help of FareShare and the Trussell Trust.

Selected items (listed) can be donated to the following food banks:

GREATER MANCHESTER

BOLTON

The Well, Trafford Street, Farnworth BL4 7PQ

Getting ready to open (December 2012)

Alex Malone - 01204 861671

info@farnworthkearsley.foodbank.org.uk

OLDHAM

Oldham Food Bank, 24 Clegg Street, Oldham 0L1 1LP

Tuesday to Thursday: 11:00-14:00 GMT; Friday: 11:00 - 16:00 GMT

Tel: Andrew Barr - 0161 622 1061

http://oldham.foodbank.org.uk/

ROCHDALE

9-10 South Parade, Rochdale

Monday to Friday: 11:00-13:00 GMT

info@rochdale.foodbank.org.uk

Tel: Margaret & Iain Wight - 07786 372364

SALFORD

Getting ready to open (December 2012)

info@salfordcentral.foodbank.org.uk

Tel: Phil Whitman - 07583 256787

STOCKPORT

Hazel Grove Baptist Church, Station St, Hazel Grove, Stockport, SK7 4EX

Monday & Friday: 12:30-14:30 GMT

http://stockportsouth.foodbank.org.uk

Chelwood Baptist Church, Adswood Rd, Cheadle Hulme, SK8 5QA

Tuesday & Wednesday: 10.30-12.00 GMT

Tel: Nigel Tedford and Lorna White - 0161 487 3370

TAMESIDE

Holy Trinity Church Stalybridge: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 09:00-15.00 GMT

St Johns Church Centre, Vicarage Drive, Dukinfield: Thursday & Friday, 11:00-14.00 GMT

New Life Church St James Street, Ashton-under-Lyne: Tuesday to Friday, 09:00-12.00 GMT

Tel: Theo Knight - 0161 338 8199

TRAFFORD

Timperley Methodist Church, Stockport Rd, Timperley, Altrincham WA15 7UG

Friday: 10:00-12:00 GMT

info@altrincham.foodbank.org.uk

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