“We’re about building community. People know this is a place they can get support and food.
“People get healthy food with us. Fresh and frozen, meat, fruit and vegetables, there’s all sorts. We get salmon! People in these areas can’t afford salmon!
“We use the goods to run food pantries and community cafes at bases across Blackpool, feeding up to 125 people every week. We were able to open our second hub using the money we’d saved on food costs after our first two years as members of the Food Redistribution Centre. We couldn’t keep going without it.
“In our food pantry we ask people to volunteer and that earns them points to be redeemed in the pantry. Some people come just to give their time, but others have moved into paid work thanks to the skills they’ve picked up with us.
“We had a young mother who’d just arrived in the area, fleeing domestic abuse. She didn’t have her benefits yet so came to us for a food parcel. From that she volunteered, met people and grew in confidence.
“She’s working now, her son is settled in school and they’ve got their own home. It all started with the food.”
Christine Philips – Project Coordinator, His Provision, Blackpool