by Fundraising Team
updated on 15/09/2016
Blackpool Food Partnership (BFP)
was set up to coordinate efforts to address food poverty in Blackpool.
by Methodist Action NW and supported by the resort’s Springfield
Church, BFP collected over £77,000 worth of surplus food from local
supermarkets and wholesalers last year, which it redistributed to
community kitchens and hostels.
off collecting from
Sainsbury’s and now we also collect from Booths, Morrisons and My
Project Manager Nikki Hart. “It’s
making a huge difference to people in
in Blackpool. The extra vitamins in fresh food make a huge difference
families at children’s centres.”
to an increase in room
space available in the church, we now have fridges for the first time,
freezers. We now collect fresh fruit and vegetables, as well as cheese,
and other frozen dairy products.”
Connexional grant from the
Methodist Church in Britain has also helped the BFP in its development.
with the Blackpool Wellness Service, the BFP is training church
volunteers to run
‘cook and eat sessions’ where people can learn how to cook cheaply and
properly. But the biggest impact they have made is in the connections
church projects, including coordinating the Christmas and cold winter
across Blackpool last winter.
church provision is recognised
by the public and private sector as well coordinated and providing a
service,” Nikki said. “It
is now committed to helping service users
underlying issues of poverty and to help them move forward.”