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Stretford Foodbank - Stretford Distribution Centre

The Stretford foodbank has been established to provide short term, emergency food to an individual or family in crisis while a long-term strategy is developed.  Normally enough food for 3 days (one voucher) should be sufficient to cover the immediate crisis, while the normal support agencies arrange to meet the client’s needs. 

Food is donated

All food given out is donated by schools, churches, businesses, individuals or through supermarket collections. Such collections engage the public at supermarkets where they are met by volunteers who offer shoppers a ‘foodbank shopping list’ and ask them to buy an extra item with their shop. This food is then collected at the checkout before being taken to the foodbank warehouse.

Food is sorted and stored

At the warehouse, food is sorted by volunteers according to type and 'best before date'. They also check it is undamaged (and that it can be used in a food parcel) and pack it into boxes and store it, ready for use. Food is then taken to foodbank centres, where it is made up into food parcels for clients.

Frontline professionals identify people in need

Care professionals such as doctors, health visitors, social workers, Citizens Advice Bureau staff, welfare officers, the police and probation officers, amongst others, identify people in crisis and issue them with a foodbank voucher.

Clients receive food

Clients bring their voucher to a foodbank centre where it can be exchanged for three days supply of emergency food. Food parcels have been designed by dieticians to provide recipients with nutritionally balanced food. Some foodbanks also run a delivery service, which takes emergency food-boxes to clients living in rural areas and those who cannot get to a foodbank.

Clients are signposted to further support

Volunteers meet clients over a cup of tea or hot meal and are able to signpost people to agencies who can help resolve the longer-term problem. As foodbanks are an emergency food-provision service, it is important to get clients in touch with organisations who can help them address the underlying problem.

Q: I need a Foodbank voucher, where can I get one? 

FIRSTLY, you need to get help and advice regarding your crisis or financial situation. If you already access a support agency or support worker please speak to them about your situation. On the right are a couple of money advice agencies that you can contact to receive help and advice. (These agencies can also refer clients to a local foodbank.

Who to contact

Telephone
07564 387209
E-mail
info@stretford.foodbank.org.uk
Website
Stretford Foodbank
Related Organisation
Age UK Trafford Information and Advice helpline blueSCI Old Trafford Wellbeing Centre British Red Cross - Short Term Loan of Mobility Aids George House Trust Greater Manchester Police (GMP) Shelter Greater Manchester Advice and Support Service Stretford Children's Centre & Early Help Hub Trafford Carers Centre Multi Agency Referral and Assessment Team (MARAT)

Where to go

Name of Venue
Trafford Christian Life Centre
Venue Address
107
Barton Road
Stretford
Manchester
Postcode
M32 9AF

When is it on?

Days & Times
Every Tuesday, 11am to 2pm; Every Friday 11-30am to 13-30pm (Except on public holidays and Good Friday.)

Who is it for?

Eligibility Details

Any resident who lives north of the River Mersey and within the Trafford boundary

How to use this service

Referral Required?
Yes
Referral Details

To access the foodbank you need a voucher. Vouchers are held by social care and health organisations and some charities and given to those who are exceptional need. We would advise you to discuss your needs with someone in the Citizen's Advice Bureau as they will be able to discuss your circumstances with you and provide some advice (see  http://www.traffordcab.org.uk for local opening times). If they feel it is necessary there are people within the Citizen's Advice Bureau who hold vouchers for us. Vouchers are generally limited to a maximum of three per person per crisis.

Cost Information
This is a free service to the client and to the agency issuing the voucher.

How accessible is this service?

Further Details

No wheelchair accessibility, however there is a bell to summon help. Other cultural dietary needs catered for.

Last updated date:
14 October 2016

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