Shelving with packets and tins of food

Morecambe Bay Foodbank

Help us to help Morecambe Bay Foodbank

We know that Lancaster University folk are awesome, and we bet that many of you already generously give food donations at local supermarkets when you go shopping, that contribute to the four tonnes of items that the Foodbank receive and distribute each month. 

So, we weren’t surprised when we ran a pilot uniform drive for the Foodbank’s Uniform Project when you donated an enormous amount of gently used uniform: *thank you * to all of you for your help and support.  And, by popular request, we will run more uniform drives in the future.  This is so important, as approx. 37% of the Foodbank’s users in 2017 were children. 

Emma Drummond, LUMS staff member, and a donor to the uniform drive, said: "This appeal for Foodbank items prompted us to check for out-grown things and consider families where money is a real worry, which prompted a good discussion with the children!  It was a local foodbank, which was important to me, as I feel that donated resources are used efficiently on a local scale after considerable experience as a volunteer [for a different organisation]."

Jessica Mace from LUMS Reception handing over clothing collected during uniform drive Apr 2018 to Beth from Morecambe Bay Foodbank

As well as needing donations of food, the Foodbank also needs cash: they need to pay rent on their premises, a manager to co-ordinate activities, and buy fuel for their van.

So, now we want to focus on encouraging you wonderful Lancaster University staff to donate to the Foodbank on a regular basis via our Payroll Giving scheme.  If you would like to donate to Morecambe Bay Foodbank (Charity registration number 1176579) using this method, you will also receive tax benefits. 

Find out more about Morecambe Bay Foodbank:

Twitter: @BayFoodbank

Facebook: MorecambeFoodbank

Website: morecambebay.foodbank.org.uk

 

Background

Pentland Centre staff volunteered for Morecambe Bay Foodbank in July 2017, spending a day helping to decorate the Foodbank’s new premises, and helping to stocktake.  Following disturbing reports levels of childhood poverty in the Morecambe Bay area, we have committed to finding further ways to assist them.