This is one of the major ways that the Churches in CTR work together. It is about providing emergency food for local people in crisis.
How a foodbank works
Food is donated
The main way that food is donated is through ‘Supermarket Collections'. These collections engage the public at supermarkets where they are met by volunteers who give them a ‘foodbank shopping list’ and ask them to buy an extra item with their shop, which is then donated to the foodbank. Schools, churches, businesses and individuals also donate non-perishable, in-date food to the foodbank. All food given out by foodbanks is donated.
Food is sorted and stored
Once collected, the food is sorted by volunteers who check it’s in date and pack it into boxes ready to be given to people in need.
Frontline professionals identify people in need
Care professionals such as doctors, health visitors, social workers, Citizens Advice Bureau staff, welfare officers, the police and probation officers among others identify people in crisis and issue them with a foodbank voucher.
Clients receive food
Foodbank clients bring their voucher to a foodbank centre where it can be exchanged for three days supply of emergency food. Volunteers meet clients over a cup of tea or free hot meal and are able to signpost people to agencies able to solve the longer-term problem.
There are seven centres for Foodbanks in Runcorn & District.. So far 6000 three-day emergency food supplies given to people in crisis since they opened; 2012our foodbank has been helping the Runcorn area for 4 years 1 IN 5 of the UK population live below the poverty line
Click on the link to see much more specific information about the Runcorn Food Bank
Click on this link for the national Foodbank website