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More Food Banks Open To Address Demand

Monday March 3 2014

TWO new food banks are to open in Barnsley this month to meet growing demand.

The Barnsley Foodbank Partnership, which already runs three food banks in Wombwell, Goldthorpe and the town centre, is expanding.

Having previously had their main storage hub in Blacker Hill, they have had to move to a new premises three times its size on Grange Lane Industrial Estate given the volume of food they have in storage.

From March 6, a food bank at St George's Church, on York Street, will open. Two days later, St Helen's Church in Athersley will also be open once a week.

It works on a referral basis and has 16 agencies, which is set to be expanded as the demand grows. However, on-site volunteers will be on hand to offer advice on how people can access the service.

Alan Rouane, 32, project coordinator of the scheme, said: "Expanding will give more people more opportunities to access our service. The need is there, so this will help towards that.

"We have around five tonnes of food in storage that is ready to be distributed to those in need at our five locations."

The steering group and referring agencies behind the project is made up of people from the NHS, Voluntary Action Barnsley, the council, churches and the Credit Union.

"We are stocked up on staple foods," Alan added. "We would like more volunteers and more donations as it is an ongoing problem that needs addressing. Whether it is vegetables, rice, pasta or fruit, every little helps."

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Reply Posted by Ray on Monday March 3 2014 at 11:24
On one hand I think this is good news on the other it just highlights the dire economic situation in Barnsley. What next poor houses?

Reply Posted by bananas on Monday March 3 2014 at 14:28
rz abart a beer bank.

Reply Posted by My backside on Monday March 3 2014 at 19:38
But it seems quite a few Barnsley folk like a takeaway most nights. Oh not forgetting abot Mr Munchie Man making a fortune out of the people of Barnsley picking up their McDonalds.

Look around Barnsley, there isn't many thin people so they can't be doing that bad without food.

Reply Posted by STEVEO on Tuesday March 4 2014 at 09:53
YES you are right you do talk out of your backside.

Reply Posted by julie on Thursday March 6 2014 at 20:26
What do u av to do to be able to go to these plz x

Reply Posted by julie on Thursday March 6 2014 at 20:32
Hahaha apart from that anyone no where the one in wombwell is plz x

Reply Posted by Louise masters on Saturday March 8 2014 at 19:11
If people or businesses would like to help who do speak to & what do you need?

Reply Posted by lisa courtney on Saturday March 8 2014 at 19:35
how do u go about getting food from a food bank thanks

Reply Posted by Kfc on Saturday March 8 2014 at 21:39
@lisa they is many diffrent agencies that can refer you to a food bank. However the Citizen advice centre may be the one organization that you've heard of.

They have just moved to a new building called Wellington House in Barnsley town centre.

It's on Wellington Street near Wilkinsons Store.

CAB also run advice centres in communities around the Barnsley area on diffrent days and locations.

Just type in Citizen Advice Barnsley and you can get information of how to make a confidential appointment for you to see a advisor etc.

Hope this helps

Reply Posted by PC on Sunday March 9 2014 at 02:44
The food banks are a great thing but it is a sad sign of the times we live in when people have to use them. The government should hang their heads in shame!

Reply Posted by STEVEO on Monday March 10 2014 at 13:55
The Tories want to keep us impoverished and in the poverty trap as it stops us from marching on Parliament with our pitchforks.

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