COUNCIL and police officers teamed together to collect food for those in need.
Tameside Council Neighbourhood Services and Greater Manchester Police donated the many tins and packets of food collected by staff, as well as money raised from a tuck shop, to Tameside East Foodbank.
Neighbourhood Chief Insp Gayle Brister and Tameside Council Neighbourhood North Project Officer Sue Moorcroft attended the presentation to Tameside East Foodbank project manager Trisha Jarman at St Matthew’s Church Hall, Stalybridge.
The event also marked National Hate Crime Awareness Week with council officers engaging with clients to raise awareness about reporting hate crimes and providing cotton bags, featuring report hate crime messages, for them to carry the food home in.
Tameside East Foodbank has more than 100 volunteers operating from three centres in Ashton, Dukinfield and Stalybridge and is feeding 4,200 people a year with three-day emergency food supplies. People in crisis are issued with a voucher by a care professional, such as doctors, health visitors, social workers or police, to exchange for food.
Donations to Tameside East Foodbank can be made at drop boxes at Tesco Stalybridge, Morrisons Dukinfield, Asda Ashton and Sainsbury’s Ashton or at the centres at St Matthew’s Church Hall, Dean Street, Stalybridge (open Mondays and Tuesdays from 11am to 1pm), New Life Church, Hall Street, Ashton (open Thursdays from 1 to 3pm) and St John’s Church Centre, Vicarage Drive, Dukinfield (open Fridays 12noon to 2pm and Saturdays 10am to 12noon).
Pictured with the food donation are, front from left, Tameside Council Neighbourhood North Project Officer Sue Moorcroft, Neighbourhood Chief Insp Gayle Brister and Tameside East Foodbank project manager Trisha Jarman.