Partners and Sponsors
These organisations provide donations of food, other goods, services or funding on a regular basis:
Blackpool Council Provides a Discretionary Support Scheme which provides assistance to vulnerable people in need. This may take the form of short term emergency support or help to become established or maintain independence in the community. No cash payments are made but help may be provided in the form of food parcels, arrangements to top up emergency supply of gas or electricity, a travel warrant or referral to another agency. Blackpool Council also contributes towards Blackpool Food Partnership's running costs.
The Council also runs Children's Centres that act as a one-stop shop for a variety of services for children from pre-birth to 13 year old. Activities include childcare, play and early learning; expert advice, healthcare, parenting, family support and support for children with disabilities; advice on budgeting and finance.
Blackpool Food Partnership ensures that food parcels are available at agreed locations for people directed there by the Council, and makes regular deliveries of fresh food and fruit to the Children's Centres.
Blackpool Food Bank
Blackpool Food Bank is a key organisation in the running of Blackpool Food Partnership providing food parcels through local food drives in the Community and a range of supermarkets.
Blackpool Food Bank provides emergency food parcels through Childrens' Centres and the Citizens' Advice Bureau, to support families and individuals in Blackpool and the surrounding areas who find themselves in financial crisis and are unable to afford food.
Booths stores in the Blackpool region are ensuring that their reputation remains high by providing surplus food every week and providing donation points at their branches in Poulton-le-Fylde and St. Annes.
Burton's Biscuits Burton Biscuits provide regular amounts of surplus food to Blackpool Food Partnership.
Glasdon UK Limited
Glasdon Group are supporting Blackpool Food partnership every year with a donation towards the cost of fuel for our van.
Staff from the Halifax Bank in Lytham Road regularly support Blackpool Food Partnership by making food and cash collections by staff and customers. Fundraising by staff is matched by the Bank.
The Methodist Church
The Methodist Church supports the Blackpool Food Partnership by providing general guidance and financial support towards running costs.
Methodist Action North-West
Methodist Action (North West) Ltd. is the responsible body for the Blackpool Food Partnership. It strives to assist people to achieve independence and fulfilment. It provides a wide range of professional services across the North West of England and is dedicated to helping people to help themselves.
Morrisons at Thornton-Cleveleys provides a wide range of surplus food to the Partnership.
A number of MyLocal shops are donating surplus food to Blackpool Food Partnership on a weekly basis.
OCS Group UK
Facilities Management Company OCS – based locally at The Harbour, Blackpool - has donated five fridges to help store surplus fruit and vegetables and has been working with the Partnership to provide advice and training on the storage of food. We have also received a financial donation from the OCS Family Foundation to fund training for volunteers in food hygiene and provide additional equipment to meet the increasing demand.
Proctor & Gamble
Proctor & Gamble work every day to create quality products that improve people's lives. Blackpool Food partnership has been able to receive hundreds of surplus hygiene and cleaning products from P & G that have been distributed with food parcels.
Blackpool's centrally based supermarket Sainsbury’s was the first supermarket to partner with Blackpool Food Partnership. Since then they have been donating excess bread and other products to the partnership on a regular basis along with other goods that have been bought by customers and placed into one of the trolleys in the store.
Springfield Greenlands Methodist Church
Blackpool Food Partnership is based at Springfield Greenlands Methodist Church. The church is committed to the aims of the Food Partnership, help to raise funds through coffee mornings and embraced the volunteers as part of their community.
Swinton Insurance is a major insurance broking business based in the North-West. They are providing facilities to collect food from people wishing to make donations in their premises at Caunce Street Blackpool. See the How You Can Help Us page for further information.
These organisations provide donations of food, other goods, services or funding from time to time:
Bay Housing Association
Bay Housing Association appears twice on this page as they provide staff time and expertise and distribute food parcels and accompanying information as well as being a recipient of food distributions (see below).
Bethel Ministries (Blackpool) host Amazing Graze and provide accommodation for training sessions free of charge to the Partnership.
British Independent Utilities
BIU Utilities staff have provided regular donations towards a range of projects and attended one of the community kitchens to help out.
Blackpool Coastal Housing
Blackpool Coastal Housing collect food donations and provide general information and support to the Partnership. They are probably better known for supporting tenants in Council accommodation.
Blackpool Van Signs
Blackpool Van Signs has done a marvellous job of decorating our van with logos and are continuing to update these for us.
Cardinal Allen Catholic High School
Students at Cardinal Allen went to amazing lengths over their lent period to fundraise on behalf of Blackpool Food Partnership. Some of the students then spent a morning making up food parcels, dating and sorting the food. See our news page for more information.
Caritas Care also appears twice on this page as they provide out of hours cover for the distribution of food parcels and accompanying information as well as being a recipient of food distributions (see below).
Chris Allen Garage
Chris Allen Garage have helped to provide the Blackpool Food Partnership with a van and are continuing to support us with roadside assistance
Christ Church with All Saints
Christ church with All Saints are a regular collection point for the Blackpool food Partnership and the congregation offer the food partnership regular support.
Co-operative Funeral Services
The Co-operative Funeral Services provide a regular collection point for Blackpool Food Partnership and actively collect Christmas goodies for us.
Grow Blackpool is part of the Groundwork organisation and provides sessions for schools and educational centres to get people of all ages involved in healthy eating, cost cutting and simply getting some fresh air. Although supported by the local council, Grow Blackpool ensures to be sustainable itself by growing daffodils and other plants for sale in the spring.
Hodgson Academy studentss raised an amazing amount of food through a recent food drive in their efforts to support Blackpool Food Partnership. Some of the students then spent a morning making up food parcels, dating and sorting the food. See our news page for more information.
Holy Trinity Church
Holy Trinity Church is a regular collection point for the Blackpool food Partnership and the congregation offer the food partnership regular support.
The local branch of Hughes Electrical has kindly supported the Blackpool Food Partnership by provision of freezers for food storage.
Laila's Fine Foods
Laila's Fine Foods provides Blackpool Food Partnership with regular donations of surplus frozen meals that are sent out to all the organisations receiving food.
Lancashire Women's Centres
Lancashire Women's Centres offer a range of services and opportunities with an aim to 'Support, Encourage and Enable' all women to get the best out of life for themselves and their families. The centres provide a safe, non-judgemental and professional environment that is female only. They issue food parcels to women along with support and advice.
Tod and liz at LBT Motors service the Blackpool Food Partnership van for us free of charge
The Mulberry Community Project is a Supported Housing Project which provides abstinence-based recovery for people with alcohol/drug misuse problems. They issue food parcels for men four days a week.
The probation service issue food parcels and provide additional support around budgeting to people leaving the prison system.
SPS (EU) Ltd.
SPS (EU) Ltd. has provided regular support to Blackpool Food partnership through staff fundraising and food donations.
St. Paul's Church
St Paul’s Church is the latest church to become a venue for collecting food parcels supported by the Blackpool council’s North Shore team.
St. Peter's C of E Church
St Peters runs a community kitchen for people in need in South Shore on Tuesday evenings and a drop in advice session on Friday afternoons. They distribute food parcels with the support of Bay Housing Association and are a collection point for the Blackpool Food Partnership which is actively supported by the church congregation.
The Well Church
The Well Church provides Blackpool Food Partnership with a training venue and is now hosting a 'Christians Against Poverty' debt advice service.
These organisations receive food, goods or other support from the Partnership:
Amazing Graze is a publicly funded Community Kitchen based at the Baptist Tablenacle every Tuesday and Bethel Church every Friday and Saturday evening. They also provide showers and clothes washing facilities.
The Ashley Foundation
The Ashley Foundation is a registered charity that runs hostels for homeless individuals in need in the Blackpool and Blackburn areas. In addition to providing shelter, the Foundation tries to help clients towards a more settled and independent lifestyle.
Bay Housing Association
Bay Housing Association provides accommodation for young single homeless people aged 16-25 with a connection to the Blackpool area and with medium support needs. The aim is to to develop residents independent living skills, help them to access education, employment or training, manage their wellbeing, and enable them to better manage their own lives and tenancies.
As well as being a major sponsor of the Partnership, we provide food to the Blackpool Council hostels at Gorton Street and Central Drive.
Care & Share
Care & Share is a Christian 'family and friends' faith group based in Mereside that accepts donations of unwanted clothes, bedding, curtains, bric-a-brac, gifts etc., sorts them and redistributes them to those in need. The group was founded by Linda McEvilly in 1992 and is based at St. Monicas church. At Christmas the organisation provides presents for needy children and also operates a 'free clothes swap shop'.
Blackpool Food Partnership help with the group's Christmas efforts and donate non-food items.
Caritas Care is a charity inspired by Catholic social teaching that runs a hostel and for the homeless and supported accommodation at Vincent House in Grange Park.
Cherry Tree Community Centre Club
Cherry Tree Community Centre provides a range of activities and a light tea for older people.
Claremont First Step Community Centre
Claremont First Step Community Centre runs a range of community groups and support to individuals in the Clarmont Ward of Blackpool - and area of high deprivation.
Claremont staff have received 'Cook and Eat' training to enable them to deliver cooking lessons to service users and have been supported by Blackpool Food Partnership to obtain a grant from Comic Relief.
Based at North Shore Methodist Church, Comfort Zone volunteers provide a hot free meal to members of the Claremont and wider communities every Monday evening and Wednesday morning. Blackpool Food Partnership has provided a wide range of training including 'Cook and Eat' training.
Fleetwood Food Bank
The Fleetwood Food Bank is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays and is supported by food donations from Blackpool Food Partnership as well as individuals, church and school groups. Help and advice is also offered. Further information is available on our Get Help page.
Fylde Coast Women's Aid
Fylde Coast Women's Aid promotes and encourages those who are experiencing or have experienced domestic abuse to make their own choices about their future. It provides safe havens for people escaping domestic violence. At these safe havens groups are encouraged to cook together and develop their cooking skills.
Grange Park Open Door Project
The project is based at Horsebridge Road Community Centre on Monday mornings and Argosy Community Centre in Foreshaw Avenue on Thursday mornings and provides cheap breakfasts to the local community.
Great Places Housing Group
Great Places is a housing association that provides affordable, social and supported housing across the North-West and Yorkshire. It also works with schools to provide community activities targeting families in need.
Helping Hand collects used furniture, refurbishes it when necessary and sells it from a shop on Cookson Street and can provide 'starter packs' of furniture, kitchen utensils, bedding and other essential goods to clients moving into their own housing.
Helping Hand also runs a community kitchen at St. Peter's Church on Wednesday evenings. See our Get Help page for further information.
Holy Cross Church Central Drive
Holy Cross Church runs a community kitchen on Saturday evenings.
Kings Church are aiming to establish community support and a community kitchen in Bispham in the near future. The facility will be called 'Cornerstone'.
The Mulberry Community Project is a Supported Housing Project which provides abstinence-based recovery for people with alcohol/drug misuse problems. Blackpool Food Partnership delivers food to the various houses associated with the project.
We work together with these organisations to address the problems of food poverty and independent living in the Blackpool area:
New Life Community Church
New Life Community Church provides a community kitchen once a week, a hairdressing service once a month and a families meal once a month. They also provide a 'children and young people's' club and help feed children over the Summer holidays in the Revoe area. They are very actively involved in the Revoe community.
Places for People
Places for People provide supported accommodation for young parents and their children.
Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church
Sacred Heart provides small food parcels and individual support and assistance to people in need.
Salvation Army South Shore
The Salvation Army South Shore Provides activities for families and a luncheon club.
St. John's Primary School
St John's primary school is committed to helping tackle poverty and as part of this they provide additional food that is accessible from the school for families in need.
St. Thomas's Work Club
St Thomas's Work Club meets every Tuesday from 10.00 am to 12.30 pm for anyone who wants to explore their current employment situation. They provide a friendly, safe and supportive environment which enables people to take steps forward in their employment journey.
Stonham Home Group
Stonham Home Group provides support and accommodation for people leaving mental health care. They use donations of food to support people while they apply for a food parcel and provide group cooking sessions to develop cooking skills and increase group bonding and support.
Street Angels is a voluntary organisation that patrols the streets of Blackpool on Fridays and Saturdays between 9pm and 3am to make Blackpool a safer place to be on a night out.
Streetlife offer a safe haven for homeless people aged 16 to 25 years old. Visitors to Streetlife can purchase food and drink for a very small charge to help them begin. People using this service can earn accredited 'life skills' and take part in trips away. Teamwork is also promoted and they hold 'cook and eat' sessions on Saturdays where everybody works in teams. Streetlife regularly provides a meal for everyone in the shelter. Further information can be found on our Get Help page.
The Well Church
The Well Church provides occasional food to people in need through their coffee morning.
The Well Community Cafe
The Well Community Cafe is a small faith-based group of people who provide practical help to those living on the streets by way of food, clothing and a listening ear to those in need. Free sandwiches and soup are provided at the Cenotaph and a free lunch at the Encounter Cafe in Layton. See our Get Help page for more details.
Citizens Advice Bureau
The Citizens Advice Bureau is located in Whitegate Drive Blackpool and helps people to resolve legal, money and other problems by providing free information and advice, and by influencing policymakers.
Lancashire Community Recycling Network
In 2015 Blackpool food partnership won the CRN Partnership Award for its work in developing a cohesive system for reducing surplus food waste and increasing partnership working.
The Salvation Army (Bridge Project)
The Bridge Project helps unemployed people by providing sessions include money management, interview preparation, team building, health and safety training, first aid training from the British Red Cross, interview techniques and CVs, IT and employability skills and drug overdose prevention.
The Bridge also has facilities to help launder clothes, and for people in desperate need to wash and provides a three-course meal for £1. Free food is provided for those attending training.
Society of the Holy Child Jesus
There are 3 Sisters of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus based at Grange Park. They are actively involved in the food partnership and supporting the development of strategies to reduce poverty in Blackpool.
St. Cuthbert's Roman Catholic Church
St. Cuthbert's Church has a 'St. Vincent de Paul' group who meet weekly to distribute food parcels, clothing and money to those in need. More information about availability of food vouchers, food and hot drinks can be found on our Get Help page.
St. John Vianney Roman Catholic Church
The church is linked to the St. John Vianney's Catholic Primary School and provides individual assistance and support to families and individuals in need.
The St. Vincent de Paul Society
The St Vincent de Paul Society (or as it is often known - the SVP) is an international Christian voluntary organisation dedicated to tackling poverty and disadvantage by providing practical assistance to those in need.
There are several Blackpool groups involved in the partnership who provide support and assistance to individuals
Sustainable Food Lancashire
Sustainable Food Lancashire is a partnership of food experts from a range of organisations from across Lancashire including Blackpool Food Partnership. The intention of the group is to work together to build on existing food-related work, to address a range of food issues from food poverty to food waste, and to identify gaps and develop initiatives to further improve the food system.
Together Lancashire is an ecumenical partnership of Anglicans, Methodists and other Christians - managed and run by a local board. They support church leaders and members, community and youth workers and voluntary activists to tackle the effects of poverty and build networks so that people can work more effectively together.