Burnley food bank plans move a step closer

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A MORE streamlined approach to feeding hungry families in Burnley is on the cards, following further positive talks.

Representatives from agencies, support groups and voluntary and church groups gathered for a second special meeting at Central Methodist Church to look at ways of implementing and co-ordinating a food bank system within the town.

Non-profit organisation Community Solutions Lancashire already provides food parcels to needy families through a delivery service, and tentative plans were discussed with regards to setting up collection points in town where parcels would be available to pick up for those in need of something more urgent.

Mark Hirst, director of Community Solutions, is in the process of acquiring a warehouse to stock more food.

He said: “If people want to tell me where these collection points should be, we are happy to co-ordinate and have it come through us.

“We would prefer a more co-ordinated effort.

“We will continue to deliver parcels but I would like a centre where agencies can visit and pick up food for an individual or family who needs it.

“We are not here to impose though, and are flexible in what we do.

“If there were different collection points around Burnley, we would be able to say to people ‘right, you need to go here between noon and 3 p.m. and they will have food there for you’.

“It would help those in immediate crisis and it would probably help our volunteers with the amount of deliveries that are having to be made.”

He also added: “I’ve also had a few people come up to me recently and say there is not a need for this in Burnley.

“I would ask those people to come out with us and have a look themselves.”

A list of possible collection points is to be drawn up before the next meeting, which is scheduled to take place at the Central Methodist Church, Hargreaves Street, on Wednesday, May 30th.

Anybody looking for more information on Community Solutions Lancashire can ring 01254 352591, or visit www.communitysolutionslancashire.co.uk.