Funding from Riverside for Runcorn foodbank
Published by Roisin Rowley-Smith for Riverside in Housing and also in Care and Support, Communities, Health
Reverend Brenda Stretton with volunteer Anne Lawton at the Runcorn foodbank
Halton social housing provider, Riverside, is funding its local foodbank, in a bid to provide more support for those in need.
Riverside donated £3,000 towards the set-up of the foodbank last year and has pledged a further £2,000 to continue to support the service.
Halton is seeing an increased demand for foodbank services, with around 1,725 people already having visited, due to food poverty.
Lorna Hughes is community engagement officer for Riverside in the Runcorn area. “There was an increased demand for food bank throughout the long summer holidays, when some families struggle to feed their children without the support of free school dinners,” said Lorna. “Now that the children have gone back to school, families will start to face an increase in fuel costs alongside rising food bills, so we expect demand to remain high.”
Volunteers also cite debt, low income and loss of benefits as reasons behind increased use of foodbanks. Reverend Brenda Stretton said: “Our volunteers do a fantastic job, especially in light of the increasing numbers of people coming to us for food.”
The foodbank is open to any Runcorn resident who is in crisis and obtains a voucher from a range of agencies, including social housing providers.