Surging Urgent Needs puts pressure on Rossendale’s Foodbank
April 28, 2019
With no tinned fruit, coffee, shampoo and severe shortages in long life milk, cereal, cupasoup, milk puddings, tinned meat such as ham or corned beef, pasta sauce, sanitary towels, baby wipes, dog & cat food can you help?
We are experiencing increasing referrals from agencies which include Newground Citizens Advice Rossendale & Hyndburn SafeSpace and other youth homeless services Together Housing Rossendale Council Christians Against Poverty UK Shelter Royal British Legion Home-Start Rossendale, Burnley and Hyndburn Adult and Children Social Services, Victim support, Health Visitors, Schools & School Nurses, Lancashire County Council services including crisis support working with FareShare Lancashire and Cumbria & youth services plus many more.
Volunteer time continues to be gifted to deal with referrals, signposting those referred for additional support, collecting food and other essential items, sorting, packing and delivering parcels adapted to household needs. Add in time fundraising, and we Thank everyone who contributes toward the average of 160 hrs gifted each week to help us keep us keeping on.
Fresh food contents are now a mixture of end of day produce from our partners neighbourly with Marks and Spencer Rawtenstall and Lidl UK plus bread from Warburtons, for which we are immensley grateful, both to the businesses who donate and the volunteers who collect items to share & distribute.
Whilst we work 7 days a week to reduce local store foodwaste they have helped reduce our need for fresh food spend by half to around £4000 a year. A huge saving but these are still funds volunteers need to raise alongside the cost of other essentials such as storage unit rent, electricity and insurance. For everyones time and efforts with this Thank you
Despite some serious weather conditions and a pretty exhausted team, after one of our busiest Christmas periods ever, in January the team managed to ensure 3822 meals for 181 adults and children, food for 33 pets, 100 packs of sanitary products, 14 packs of nappies, 2 slow cookers and new home welcome packs were safely delivered across the whole of Rossendale
Thanks to an amazing team of volunteers and supporters.
Every donation matters. They help us to pack and deliver complete parcels that not only provide basic essentials, but also a message that people care with a message of Hope for better days ahead as we all work together.
With over 1,050 meals delivered the first week of February we remain grateful that people donate time , food, essentail daily items plus funds to support #neighbouring #rossendale and, we hope, that as the signs of Spring approach you will also consider donating some Easter eggs and treats for inclusion with parcels delivered. We feel blessed that continued gift donations mean we think we have enough gifts to share on Mothers Day and Fathers Day so a Huge Thank you to everyone for that, and to Laura Saxton community champion Asda (Rawtenstall) for helping with wrapping paper. ( Yes a few of us were in the Girl Guides with the motto Be Prepared) Can you help us be prepared for the continued demand and need for essentials and a few Easter treats?
Any excess we will continue to share, as we do regularly with some organisations weekly such as Rossendale Memory Choir SafeSpace Coffee4Craig Bury Homeless Project plus many other groups as well as churches who are in the heart of the various neighbourhoods #connectingcommunity Whitworth, Rochdale, United Kingdom Bacup #Stacksteads Waterfoot, Lancashire Friends of Rawtenstall Edenfield – Our Lancashire Village #Crawshawbooth Love Haslingden Helmshore Stubbins
Working with schools is a great way to connect with all ages and increase understanding and empathy towards others who may be having hard times. It increases awareness of how peers and parents under stress might try to mask their struggle thus fostering empathy, kindness and a positive attitude toward nurturing not just physical but mental health
Working with churches for many brings us in to the heart of the very neighbourhood people live in. Not just generous donators, many churches are amazing connectors to neighbours with many providing warm and welcoming spaces for people to simply be. To many a weekly warm lunch & company is a true anchor and we are grateful for the many spaces across the Valley we can help people connect with.
So if you can help with any of our urgent needs items, carrier bags or help kick start easter Egg donations please do . Thank you for all your support even a simple share once a week of our urgent needs notes or other posts has a ripple effect. A like is great but a share is so much better we hear on social platforms like this so please go ahead and share 🙂
Donation points can be found at http://www.raftfoundation.org/#/donation-points/4577501915