Council supports Oldham Foodbank at Christmas

Staff and councillors from Oldham Council have donated hundreds of kilograms of food to Oldham Foodbank to help families who are struggling to afford even the basics this Christmas.

Staff and councillors from Oldham Council have donated hundreds of kilograms of food to Oldham Foodbank to help families who are struggling to afford even the basics this Christmas.

Items, ranging from tinned food, biscuits, breakfast cereals to festive mince pies and sweets, have all been handed over to the charity, which is based on Clegg Street in Oldham town centre.

Donation stations were set up in council buildings across the borough with many employees doing their bit and handing over non-perishable food. Items were also donated from staff at Oldham Community Leisure and the Unity Partnership.

Oldham Foodbank is run by a dedicated group of volunteers.

Councillor Barbra Brownridge, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Co-operatives, said: “The council works hard to support our residents, especially those who are vulnerable and face hardship. 

“I’m delighted and proud that we’ve been able to donate such a huge amount of food during the Christmas appeal.

It is very sad that anyone in this country should have to rely on foodbanks to feed their families at any time of the year, but we hope the food donations will go some way to helping people in real need this festive period.”

Oldham Foodbank was founded in 2012 and is part of The Trussell Trust Foodbank Network. Last year the foodbank gave out 4,942 three-day emergency food supplies to people in crisis.

You can find out more information on Oldham Foodbank at www.oldham.foodbank.org.uk

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