Forever Manchester is working with UK Community Foundations to distribute funding raised by the National Emergencies Trust Coronavirus Appeal. This money is being distributed to community organisations responding to the needs of local communities across Greater Manchester via our Community Support Fund.
St James Higher Broughton run an award-winning community food pantry where local people are able to choose 10 items of food for £2.50 and attend a free community lunch club. The pantry brings local people of all faiths together and serves many from the local community including young families, refugees, the elderly, people with mental health issues and the homeless.
As St James is also a member of the Salford Foodshare network and part of a multi agency response to impact of Covid-19, they have also been taking referrals from local Housing Associations, Social Care Teams, Salford Council and local NHS Services.
In response to Covid-19, the pantry continues to provide hot meals and drinks to feed as many people as they can, as well as delivering food parcels to vulnerable people and those who are self-isolating. In addition, they remain as a place where people can seek help, signposting people to other support organisations as when required.
The pantry relies on support and regular provision of surplus food from local supermarkets. However, panic buying and the start of the pandemic resulted in a lack of surplus foods, leaving the pantry low on stocks and having to purchase supplies themselves to supplement stock and produce hot meals.
An award from Forever Manchester’s Community Support Fund has enabled St. James Higher Broughton to purchase essential food supplies, extra catering equipment, biodegradable takeaway cartons and cutlery, and additional cleaning products to ensure they can continue to provide food to many of vulnerable people in the local area.
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This year, Forever Manchester is celebrating 30 Years of supporting our local communities. We are currently working with UK Community Foundations to distribute funding raised by the National Emergencies Trust Coronavirus Appeal to support community organisations responding to the needs of local communities across Greater Manchester.
Date added: 21st May 2020