As a member church of the Ansdell and Fairhaven Churches Together group we are sharing this message from the Vicar of St Pauls, Paul Bye, about the Fylde Foodbank, where several of our own church members are helpers.
Thank you so much everyone for your generous donations and regularly giving to the local Foodbank. The team says it has been hectic as you can imagine, people queuing across the car park to receive food and toiletries, similar to people queuing to buy food at the supermarkets.
In the last financial year from 01 April 2019, ending 31 March 2020, 3343 adults and children were given food and toiletries, compared with 2495 the previous year. There is on-going demand for this service and those figures do not include the heightened demand during these difficult times.
Please continue to donate to Fylde Foodbank through supermarket drop of points(Sainsbury’s , Booths , Ansdell Co-op , Tesco Blackpool), standing order with gift aid, one off donations by cheque- made payable to Fylde Foodbank or donate regularly / one off online at Virgin Money Giving page on the Foodbank website( fylde.foodbank.org.uk ).
The Foodbank urgently needs long life full fat milk, cereal, tinned potatoes & tomatoes, tea & coffee.
Whilst churches and doctors surgeries are closed at present for donations, you are able to drop off donations at St Pauls Church Hall, Lake Road, Fairhaven (car park entrance door) – MONDAY & FRIDAY – 9-12 NOON, also at St Annes United Reformed Church Hall, St Annes – WEDNESDAY– 11-1 PM.
The St Annes food bank is open TUESDAY -11-1 PM & THURSDAY – 10- 1 PM. At this time, if you would benefit from a food parcel, although it can be hard to ask, please do ask, the service is for everyone in the community who asks, will receive. St Cuthbert’s Church, Lytham and St Paul’s Church, Ansdell and Fairhaven are registered to distribute food vouchers for people wishing to access the Foodbank, contact numbers are on their websites (St Paul’s = 01253 734562). Foodbank contact number is 01253 727455.
If you are isolating or vulnerable please phone the Community Support line – 01253 658448 and a parcel will be delivered to you.
For debt advice phone CAB advice line, contact Citizens Advice Fylde 03003301166 or Moneyplan project also at this service on 0784783461.”