The Food Bank, an organisation of St Thomas’s Church, was opened in September 2012 to help people whose income has stopped for whatever reason, or is temporarily inadequate for their current needs. The idea is to offer emergency help for those faced with not having enough to feed themselves or their families. In some cases this could be because of benefit cut-off or temporary suspension, or other circumstances beyond the person’s control, which means they have too little money to buy food.
The Food Bank aims to provide recipients who live in the Ashton, North Ashton, Garswood, Bryn and Golborne areas with food parcels, distributed from St Thomas’s Church car park in Ashton town centre once per week on Friday morning 9.30 to 11am. In addition, an emergency service is now available providing immediate parcels if the family is literally without food and cannot therefore wait until the Food Bank is open.
The Food Bank aims to be inclusive. Recipients are treated as individuals and there is some flexibility in the content of parcels to reflect family size, age of children, medical and other factors.
Volunteers use their discretion to alter the basic parcel to meet particular needs
The Food Bank is supported by other Christian and non – christian organisations e.g. St Luke’s, St Queens Road Methodists, St Oswald’s and St Wilfrid’s RC, Ashton Congregational Church, the Salvation Army and Ashton YMCA Centre,.
Asda Golborne has a collection box for customers to donate in and Tesco through FareShare are providing additional food via Bolton Rd Ashton garage store
We are currently working in partnership with Job Centre Plus, Health Visitors, Social Workers, Start Well, the police, the CAB, Wigan and Leigh Housing Trust, local doctors and others with specialist knowledge of people’s circumstances. These organisations are referring those they have identified as being in crisis to the Food Bank. It is not intended that recipients will become permanently dependent upon the scheme; each will only be entitled to the maximum of five weeks of parcels per household.
If you wish to help in any way or require further information, please do not hesitate to contact the Co-ordinator Andrew Bullen on 01942 273721 or (Email [email protected])
ACT Food Bank c/o 31 Satinwood Close, Ashton in Makerfield. WN4 9NL