Blackpool Food Partnership

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3 July 2017

Students of Hodgson School Visit Blackpool Food Partnership

On Thursday 22nd June, Blackpool Food Partnership was visited by students from Hodgson School in Poulton. They had very kindly collected for us by holding school assemblies and discussing the topic of food poverty. We held an informative talk on the work of the partnership and the children got hands on sorting through the donations and working through the fresh produce that we had received from local suppliers.

The children had a great morning and we'd like to thank Hodgson School, the parents, pupils and teachers for all their kind donations.

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Hodgson students helping with donations at the Blackpool Food Partnership.

27 April 2017

New Project Manager for the Blackpool Food Partnership

From 27th April, new project manager Tracey Wilson joined Blackpool Food Partnership. She will be replacing Nikki Hart and will be continuing the great work that Nikki has done over the years.

Tracey has a background of project management from her previous work in DWP and is dedicating to growing the service that we provide over the coming months.

12 April 2017

Donation of Freezers by OCS

Blackpool Food Partnership now collects from a range of supermarkets across the town and distributes fresh fruit and vegetables, bread, dairy products, frozen meals, and a range of hygiene products. The products are distributed out to 51 organisations across Blackpool including Children’s Centres, hostels, community kitchens and out with food parcels.

Thanks to a generous donation by OCS, a partner company, Blackpool Food Partnership now has 2 new large freezers that are able to store an extra 360 frozen meals a week. Over the course of a year, the freezers have the capacity to provide an additional 18 thousand meals to people in need.

Tracey Wilson, the new manager of Blackpool Food Partnership commented: "We collect frozen meals with our partners Blackpool Food Bank. The additional frozen meals from Laila Foods will mean that many more people can receive hot nutritious food. The most economical and sustainable use of surplus food is in someone’s belly".

OCS has been working with Blackpool Food Partnership to provide advice and training on the storage of food as well as providing equipment.

Michael Buck from OCS said "OCS is a family organisation committed to making a difference to the communities in which it works. We are delighted to support Blackpool Food Partnership again."

Tracey Wilson explained the generosity of supermarkets and wholesalers to provide their surplus food enabled the town to meet the need of people who have no income coming in at all. "We cannot thank the public, Sainsbury's, Booths, Morrison's, Co-op, Laila Foods, Burton Biscuits and P&G enough. Their support is vital for the service that we provide."

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Tracey Wilson with the new freezers.

24 January 2017

Visit by the Mayor and Mayoress of Blackpool

Blackpool Food Partnership welcomed The Worshipful the Mayor of Blackpool, Councillor Kath Rowson and the Mayoress Ms Joan Goldin.

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The Mayor and Mayoress arrive in their official car

The Mayor addressed our volunteers and thanked them heartily for their efforts on behalf of those people of Blackpool who are struggling to make ends meet. Afterwards she presented Certificates of Appreciation; some of the volunteers have been working for the Blackpool Food Partnership for over 3 years.

Nikki Hart added her thanks and explained how the Blackpool Food Parnership had grown over the years and was now distributing food to a large number of organisations as well as preparing food parcels.

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The Mayor addresses volunteers and shares a joke with them and Nikki Hart
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Presentation of Certificates of Appreciation to volunteers

Volunteer Barry Chamberlain showed our guests some of the facilities and the content of typical food parcels and the event finished with lunch.

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Barry Chamberlain explaining food parcels

18 January 2017

Collection by Great Eccleston Copp C of E School

Yet another story of Christmas generosity ....

A great big THANK YOU to the students and staff of Great Eccleston Copp Church of England School for your wonderful efforts to collect food for families in need.

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Some of the students showing the amazing variety of food collected

16 January 2017

Donation by Unite

We would like to say a great big THANK YOU to Unite for their generous donation to support the work of the Blackpool Food Partnership.

10 January 2017

Blackpool and Fylde Dance Academy Event

Blackpool and Fylde Dance Academy raised a wonderful amount of food during their Christmas event at Thornton Little Theatre.

Parents paid an entrance fee in food to attend the Christmas Dance Show.

Everyone was thoroughly entertained by some excellent tap and ballet skills. Well done and thank you everyone!

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Some of the BFDA performers and the amazing collection of food.

3 January 2017

Bootleg Club Event

The Bootleg Club held a fantastic event on behalf of the Blackpool Food Partnership, Streetlife and Blackpool Food Bank. Eighty young people attended the event and were extremely generous raising a carful of food, clothing and cash as well.

A huge thank you to everyone involved, particularly Luke and Aviel from Great Places for organising the event.

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The Bootleg event and food collection

Christmastime

Collection by Layton Churches Together

A big thank you to all of the churches in Layton who worked together to collect a huge amount of food for us. It was an incredible effort - thank you so much!

Visit by Central Government Officials

Six officials from Central Government took time out from their busy schedules to understand the problems of Blackpool in a recent visit. They spent the morning with Blackpool Council before visiting Commarados Cafe where they had a meal made up from surplus food. They spend time talking to local residents about their issues with living in Blackpool. They then went to the Salvation Army and met staff rrom Community organisations working with people who are struggling in Blackpool.

The afternoon was organised by Blackpool Food Partnership and the Government officials described how the visit would impact on policy-making and that it had had a personal impact on them as well.

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Government visitors

Food Donation by Booths

A big thank you to Booths for the thoughtful donation of mince pies and children's chocolates that enabled us to provide Christmassy food parcels for those needing them over the holiday. They helped brighten up Christmas for Blackpool families who really needed it.

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Food donation from Booths

Food Donation by Inskip St. Peter's CE Primary School

Children at school loved the games at a recent assembly. Nikki Hart from the Blackpool Food Partnership asked them to find everything they needed for Christmas dinner from a box of goodies. They did very well and even managed to included some sweets with the Christmas dinner! This inspired them to do a reverse Christmas calendar and bring in food for other peopls while taking a cholocate out of their own calendar. There was a marvellous collection of food as a result.

Thank you to the families of Inskip for the much needed donations and well done kids. You were brilliant!

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Children of Inskip St. Peter's CE School and their donations