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Published by James Allan for Salix Homes in Housing and also in Care and Support, Communities

Laura Derbyshire, money advice co-ordinator at Salix Homes with the mountain of food donated by staff. Laura Derbyshire, money advice co-ordinator at Salix Homes with the mountain of food donated by staff.

A food bank which provides a lifeline to thousands of families in need has received a much-needed boost thanks to generous staff at a social housing provider.

Employees at Salford-based Salix Homes, which manages 8,500 properties across the city, organised a collection for Salford FoodShare, which distributes food parcels to people on the breadline.

The charitable housing workers collected 180kg of essential food items such as tinned soup, pasta and baked beans, which will make up 36 food parcels to be delivered to families in need.

Tom Togher, Chief Officer for the city's Citizens Advice service and director of Salford FoodShare, said: “It's humbling to see Salford's response to the increasing crisis of food poverty in the city. We are very grateful for the regular and generous support from our colleagues at Salix Homes - who through their kindness will ensure that another 36 households in crisis will not go hungry.”

Salford Foodshare was launched last year in response to the growing food crisis in the city and it brings together all of the resources that collect and distribute food parcels to the needy in Salford.

Sue Sutton, chief executive at Salix Homes, added: “Salix Homes is committed to helping the fight against food poverty, which is why we are so keen to support charities like Salford Foodshare for the vital service it provides.

“Our officers give out food vouchers to families in need, so we see firsthand the growing reliance on food banks and the daily struggle that families are facing just to put food on the table, which is why our staff were so determined to organise their own food collection to help ensure families in Salford don't go hungry."

A recent survey found that the number of people using food banks in Salford in the past year alone has increased by 87 per cent.

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