The Blackpool Food Partnership has been set up to coordinate efforts to address food poverty in Blackpool. Full details can be found on the Blackpool Food Partnership's own website HERE.
Blackpool Food Partnership is supported by the following organisations:
Blackpool Gazette 4 October 1913 (By David Sharman)
Needy can bank on us…
A new organisation has been set up to help co-ordinate food banks across Blackpool.
The new scheme will see faith groups who provide food banks make referrals of people using them to the new body, known as the Blackpool Food Partnership. People will then be assessed and, if eligible, be given food parcels. Speaking at the organisation’s launch, Blackpool Council leader Coun Simon Blackburn said: "I've not met anyone who enjoys living on benefits or receiving handouts or accessing charity. I have, though, met a great deal of people that are striving towards a day when they will not have to do that. This isn’t about food exclusively, it’s about love and hospitality."
Last week Paul Maynard, MP for Blackpool North and Cleveleys, told a food poverty summit in Manchester that food banks should not be part of the welfare state. Mr Maynard says the Government should instead focus on other ways to get people out of food poverty – such as making supermarkets stock misshapen fruit and vegetables at cheaper prices. He said: "The point I was making was there is a division of opinion about the extent to which the Government should be running food banks. “There are whole issues we can work on to make sure people aren’t in food poverty, but depending on short-term relief doesn’t tackle the long term problem."
The Right Reverend Geoff Pearson, the Bishop of Blackburn, who also spoke out to show his support, added: "It's great to see such a good turnout which shows the commitment of the community to the food partnership. At times, poverty can really crush the spirit. If we, through the food partnership, can prevent that we will be doing something truly remarkable."
Members of the public can donate food at locations throughout the town. Call Nikki Hart on 07400 960507.
Blackpool Council 7 October 1913
Blackpool Food partnership launched
It is hoped no one will go hungry in Blackpool again following the launch of a new network that will co-ordinate food banks across the resort.
The partnership aims to strengthen the work that already exists between churches, other faith and voluntary groups and Blackpool Council to get food parcels to those in need. While the partnership is inspired by Christian faith groups, it is committed to serving the whole of the community and offers support to people of all faiths as well as those without.
In practice, the agreement will see churches and voluntary and religious groups make referrals to the Blackpool Council Discretionary Support Scheme. People will then be assessed and, if eligible, be given food parcels. Co-ordinating the groups centrally will also help to ensure that people in crisis will receive the help and support they need, being signposted to helpful services and getting advice to prevent similar emergencies from occurring in the future.
At the launch of the event, Cllr Simon Blackburn, Leader of Blackpool Council, spoke out to express his support for the initiative. He said: "I’ve not met anyone who enjoys living on benefits or receiving handouts or accessing charity. I have, though, met a great deal of people that are striving towards a day when they will not have to do that. This isn’t about food exclusively; it’s about love and hospitality."
The Right Reverend Geoff Pearson, the Bishop of Lancaster, who also spoke out to show his support, added: "It's great to see such a good turnout which shows the commitment of the community to the food partnership. "We, as religious organisations, hear many stories of deprivation and poverty and we know that 8/10 of the most deprived areas in the UK are in the North West. "We also know that, at times, poverty can really crush the spirit. If we, through the food partnership, can prevent that we will be doing something truly remarkable." Other organisations involved in the partnership include: Together Lancashire, Methodist Action North West, Caritas Care, Esmee Fairbaim and Blackpool Foodbank.
Blackpool is the sixth most impoverished local authority in the country and it is believed more than 9,000 children in the town live below the poverty line. As a result Blackpool Council provides free breakfast for all primary school pupils.
The benefits of the partnership:
The Blackpool Food Partnership welcomes your help in any of the following ways:
You can donate at locations throughout the town. For details check out the Blackpool Food Partnership website HERE or contact Nikki Hart on 07400 960507 or email her - email@example.com
To make an application to Blackpool Council’s Discretionary Support Fund, visit www.blackpool.gov.uk, visit a Blackpool library and ask a trained member of staff to help you make an application, or call the free phone number 0800 694 0100