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Altrincham foodbank - Important Updates

August 27, 2013 at 8:51pm

Dear friends and supporters of Altrincham foodbank,

I am writing to inform you of the recent developments within the structure and work of the foodbank and bring to your attention some of our needs for future development. 

Since we opened in November 2012, we have fed over 800 people.  The foodbank now has three distribution centres, the most recent of which opened in Sale West on Tuesday 25th June. Other centres are open at St Albans, Broadheath on Wednesdays and Timperley Methodist Church, Stockport Road on Fridays, with a further distribution centre planned for St Francis Church, Budworth Road to open on 2nd September 2013. This means that we are open somewhere in Trafford four days a week, a great achievement in only 10 months.  With this increased accessibility we have seen our weekly numbers steadily rise and we fed 113 people in the month of June 2013.

In addition to the original founding churches in Altrincham, a number of churches in Sale have now committed to make a regular financial contribution to the running of foodbank (but for organisatiaonal purposes the foodbank continues to be hosted by Timperley Parish).  From Sunday 1st September 2013 the Altrincham foodbank will be renamed “Trafford South foodbank” to better reflect the area we cover,and our new relationship with members of “The Churches Together in Sale”. It is proving to be a great decision for the foodbank’s development to work together in this way.  We have also changed our postal address to Trafford South foodbank c/o St Alban’s Church, Lindsell Road, Altrincham, Cheshire WA145NX.

At end of July the foodbank said goodbye to Reverend Andrew Bradley as he moved onto take up a new job in Culcheth.  Andrew was the driving force behind setting up the foodbank and we are extremely grateful for his hardwork and commitment to the cause.   Andrew’s role in managing the warehousing aspect of the foodbank has been taken over by a new volunteer, John Lambie, who has a background in distribution and warehousing and has risen to the challenge of getting our warehousing stores and processes into shape.  The warehouse at the back of Timperley Methodist Church on Stockport Road remains, but we now have an overflow storage facility at Partington Youth Centre kindly provided to us by Trafford Citizen’s Advice in conjunction with Trafford Council.

What next?
The foodbank’s committee and operations teams are runentirely by volunteers, some of whom work full time and all of whom have otherimportant commitments.  Given the pace of development, the foodbank is indesperate need of assistance with transporting food between variouslocations.  Likewise, we require a committed volunteer to take on the roleof administration lead and we would welcome regular access tooffice facilities.  To help maintain the foodbank’s operations at thecurrent level, and to develop the foodbank as need demands, we require a projectmanager(able to commit in the region of 15 hours perweek).  As yet we do not have funding for any of these positions so wouldbe grateful to hear from anyone who may be able to assist in these matters,even if that is to help us through the process of submitting applications for funding.

Best wishes,

Dr Hayley Entwistle
Chair of the Management Committee

We rely on food donations to feed people in crisis. From pasta to puddings, please give in-date, non-perishable food. Click here to download our shopping list.
Drop Off Points:
Timperley Methodist Church, Stockport Road: Mon, Wed, Fri & Sat 10am-12noon
Altrincham Methodist Church, Barrington Road: Mon-Sat 10am-2pm, Thurs 4pm-5.45pm
Large donations are best delivered to Timperley Methodist Church on Wednesday or Friday mornings when the warehouse team will be available.
Please leave contact details so that we can thank you!

There is more news here on the Altrincham Foodbank Website