The people of Stannington and the wider community came together to make the first food bank collection organised by Stannington Branch Labour Party a resounding success. A total of 22 crates of food were collected in one morning.
Items donated included breakfast cereals, tea bags, biscuits, tinned fruit, rice and dried pasta.
Party member Bob Mynors, who helped coordinate the collection, said, “It is good to be able to do something practical to help local people in their time of need. Having heard the Trussell Trust explain the vital role that food banks play, I was keen to help coordinate a collection in the Stannington area.”
The Trussell Trust make clear that they are an apolitical organisation, whose focus is on giving emergency food and support to people in crisis, across the UK. They currently run a network of over 400 food banks, with the most local to Stannington being the S6 Food Bank at St Thomas Church on Gilpin Street.
The Trussell Trust is reliant on donations of non-perishable in-date food, as well as financial contributions and people volunteering their time to help. This is achieved by working with communities and churches to open and support food banks.
Party members turned out in good numbers to help at the collection point which was located immediately outside Nathan’s Team Rooms in Stannington Village. Newly elected Labour MP for Sheffield Hallam, Jared O’Mara, also dropped by to make his own donation and thank people for helping with the collection and also those people making donations.
Stannington Labour Party Branch Secretary, Rosemary Telfer, said of the collection, “Stannington is a lovely warm-hearted community and the countless people who contributed know what an important role food banks play in helping vulnerable people and families. We are grateful for the support of local businesses including Nathan’s Team Rooms, Co-op and Spar. The response has been amazing and we will be sure to follow up with a further collection in the future.”
Food Bank Facts:
- According to the Trussell Trust there are currently more than 13 million people living below the poverty line in the UK.
- In 2016/17 the Trussell Trust gave 1,182,954 three-day emergency food supplies to people in crisis.
- Trussell Trust food banks provide support only to people who are referred by care professionals such as doctors, health visitors, schools and social workers.
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