Wythenshawe Town Centre is proudly supporting and raising funds for Wythenshawe Food Bank as their Charity of the Year 2020/21 in the hope to make a difference in the local community.
Wythenshawe Food Bank support people in the area who live in food crisis, between 2016 and 2019 they distributed 32,040 emergency food parcels containing enough food for 107,704 meals to people in the Wythenshawe area. During and following the COVID-19 crisis, pressure on food banks has increased with employment situations changing rapidly and many people finding themselves unable to work and waiting to hear about Universal Credit and other benefits, meaning they rely on foodbanks to plug the gap. At the same time, shoppers have been less inclined to make donations as their regular shopping habits have changed. Many of the community groups that collect for foodbanks have been unable to meet, which has further increased the challenge of distributing meals.
However, despite increased pressure and demand, Wythenshawe Food Bank continued to support people during lockdown by distributing over 30,000 meals to those most in need by working alongside key partners and agencies such as Manchester City Council. This increased pressure is not anticipated to disappear over the coming months and the staff and volunteer’s tireless work around the clock to feed the community does not go unnoticed, which is why they have been selected as Wythenshawe Town Centre’s Charity of the Year 2020/21. The Town Centre team are delighted to join the worthwhile challenge to help feed the local community in these increasingly difficult circumstances which may continue long after lockdown ends.
Wythenshawe Town Centre will be raising awareness for Wythenshawe Food Bank throughout the year with fundraising campaigns and pop up stalls within the Centre when it is safe to do so. During these visits, the charity will be providing advice, support, and informative material for shoppers. Details of the dates and activities will be available on the Wythenshawe Town Centre’s social media channels and website in the coming months.
Jacqueline Naraynsingh, Trustee of Wythenshawe Food Bank, commented: “It is a real honour to be chosen as Wythenshawe Town Centre Charity of the Year. Wythenshawe Foodbank warehouse has been based in the Town Centre since 2016 and we have worked closely with St Modwen who have continued to support us and have gone the extra mile when needed. We are looking forward to being involved with some of the fund-raising activities and to working creatively together to make a real difference to local people in Wythenshawe.”
Daniel Davis, Wythenshawe Town Centre, Centre Manager, added: “The team at Wythenshawe Town Centre are extremely proud to be working in conjunction with Wythenshawe Food Bank to support our local community during these difficult times. The Food Bank team have worked incredibly hard around the clock to support families and people in need despite unprecedented demand for help. We’re proud to be in a position that we can help the Food Bank to feed families in the Wythenshawe area.”
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