Richard Roberts from Wirral Foodbank

Foodbank appeals for help

A charity has appealed for Radio Clatterbridge listeners to help it feed local people in crisis.

A number of workers based in the health park already donate to the Wirral Foodbank.

However, with demand rising this year by about one third, there is an urgent need for more non-perishable items.

Manager Richard Roberts said the organisation’s 15 centres across the borough were increasingly busy.

“We are seeing families and single people more often adversely affected by changes in benefits, increases in housing rents. There just seems to be this tsunami that is affecting people.” – Richard Roberts

Speaking to presenter Ian Grant on the Coffee Club, he explained how people in urgent need are given vouchers by Citizens Advice Bureaux and One Stop Shops for nutritional food items for a balanced diet plus toiletries.

The service opened in November 2011 to help the one in five people in the UK who live below the poverty line.

They now receive more than two tonnes of donations a week – receiving everything from tins of beans and sprouts to caviar.

But Richard appealed for more food which can be left in collection boxes in many supermarkets.

“The people of Wirral, their generosity knows no bounds. This year we’re 20% up on food donations. We’re 34% up on the number of people who have used the foodbank so far.” – Richard Roberts

Last year the charity handed out more than 11,000 three-day emergency food supplies.

It also employs an adviser to make sure people don’t need to return to the Foodbank.

Richard said it continues to be a mammoth operation that wouldnt work without it’s 300 volunteers.

To help, call Wirral Foodbank on 0151 638 7090 or visit its website.