Blackpool Food Partnership
The Charity provides the project management and ‘head office’ support for the co-ordination and delivery of the Blackpool Food Partnership. The Partnership itself is a co-ordinated approach to meet long-term and short term needs focussed around food poverty and wider needs. It consists of local churches, community groups, charities and individuals – the scope and number of partners increasing over the year.
Key partners to the scheme are –
Blackpool Food Bank
It works closely with Blackpool Council’s Discretionary Support Scheme, with Blackpool Council also providing funding for the Service Manager’s post and some food purchasing.
Blackpool Council’s Discretionary Support Scheme is a referral system for people who lack the means to buy food. The scheme has replaced Crisis Loans and Community Care Grants and helps vulnerable people who need:
Short term emergency support
Help to establish themselves or maintain independence in the community
The Partnership’s role is to provide emergency food parcels to the community, purchase food and receive donations through central points and then overseeing the distribution of food. A co-ordinated and consistent approach means that vulnerable people get the right sort of information, help and support needed to lift them out of a crisis situation and to prevent similar emergencies occurring in future.
Staff and volunteers signpost service users to professional advice services, and provide a united approach to food poverty in the Blackpool area.
Volunteers are crucial to the success of the service - picking up donations from the collection points, preparing food parcels for distribution by approved centres, and delivering food to many hostels in the area. All volunteers have Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks, and those packaging food have to complete basic Food Hygiene training and certification.
The Partnership has continued to receive support from Sainsbury’s and Booth’s – who both provide unwanted food.