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Local organisations step up to support food bank
Monday 20th November 2017 @ 08:24 by Adam Higgins
Community Glossop Chronicle News

Contributions to Bare Necessities Food Bank hit an all-time high last month, with major combined Harvest contribution of £2,000 of food and cash coming from 20 organisations across Glossopdale. 

Food bank chairman Cllr Godfrey Claff said: “Bare Necessities depends on the generosity of people across Glossopdale and yet again local schools and churches have stepped up to the plate and delivered the goods.

“With temperatures now dropping, the tension between heating and eating is likely to mount in the next few weeks and with Christmas looming, pressure on budgets from all quarters causes problems for cash-strapped residents.”

Bare Necessities co-ordinator Charlotte Mendes-Kelly described the operation involved in collecting, sorting, stacking and distributing the food and the hundred-plus people involved in this operation.

She said: “No-one should underestimate the efforts made by the back-room heroes who support Bare Necessities. Food collected needs to be driven to our unit on the Brookfield industrial estate.

“It’s then sorted and checked for sell-by dates and by product type. The items are next sorted into food parcels for single people and families, with the packages then being delivered to distribution points throughout the community.”

The following organisations donated food and cash for the Harvest collection: Hadfield Infant School, St Andrews Primary School, Hadfield St Andrew’s Church, St Charles’ School in Hadfield, Hadfield Methodist Church, Gamesley Primary School, Gamesley Early Excellence Centre, St Luke’s Church, St Luke’s Primary School, St James Primary School, St James Church, Duke of Norfolk Primary School, All Saints Glossop Parish Church, Central Methodist Church, Dinting Primary School, Dinting Church, Zion Methodist Church, Padfield Primary School, Padfield Congregational Church and Broadbottom Beavers.

Anyone wishing to help the food bank as a volunteer, collector, driver or ‘general willing dogsbody’ should contact Charlotte on 07811 684282 or 01457 852153.


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Helping hands: Charlotte Mendes-Kelly and congregation member Anne Hampson admire the collection made by Duke of Norfolk Primary School and All Saints Parish Church