Rosie Cooper MP

Working hard for the people of West Lancashire

27/05/08 Rosie praises South & West Lancs Food Bank

AN organisation which helps people as well as reducing landfill has been praised by West Lancashire ’s MP.

MP Rosie Cooper during her visit to the Food Bank

Labour MP Rosie Cooper visited Skelmersdale-based South & West Lancashire Food Bank last week to see for herself the good work being carried out there.

The scheme works by companies such as Patak’s Foods, Cotts Soft Drinks and Skem-based Proctor & Gamble, as well as local churches and schools,.handing over surplus food which the Food Bank then passes onto to a host of community groups spanning the entire North West. It is not open to the general public.

But it isn’t just food – over the past few years items such as bubble bath, washing up liquid and even washing up powder have been donated to the registered charity, which is based in Gladden House on Gillibrands Industrial Estate.

Rosie said: “At a time when there’s such a big emphasis on reducing landfill, the work of organisations like the Food Bank takes on an even greater importance.

“In years gone by, all this perfectly good food would have been thrown out but it’s such a waste given the amount of people in the community who would benefit from it.

“Among the local organisations which have received help include St Mark’s Church Luncheon Club in Scarisbrick, Digmoor Community Centre and Burscough Youth and Community Centre.

“However, their network goes beyond West Lancashire and other organisations which have benefited include Worsley Mesnes South Community Association in Wigan, Salvation Army Housing Association in Preston and the Homeless Centre in St Helens.

“The key message I’ve learned from my visit is – Don’t Dump It, Donate It!”

Eleanor Maddocks, Chairperson of the Food Bank, said: “We were delighted to meet Rosie. It was clear that she is fully supportive of the work we do and recognises its valuable contribution to both the community and the environment.”

Can you help the Food Bank? Donations of food and other useful products are always gratefully received. Perhaps you are an organisation wishing to join the Food Bank? To find out if you are eligible, please contact Linsey Pavšiè, Co-ordinator, on 01695 555717 or e-mail swlancsfoodbank@yahoo.co.uk

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