Since the country was placed under lockdown on 23rd March, to date Burnley’s foodbank, which Burnley FC in the Community is operating in partnership with the Burnley Together community hub, has delivered 1,588 food parcels feeding 3,562 people. 1,116 of these have been children.
The demand for the service has increased to an unprecedented level, with many people finding themselves requiring the support of the foodbank for the first time.
One young mother from Burnley who has required the service for her three children recently wrote a handwritten letter to thank Burnley FC in the Community, all the partner organisations working together to provide the service and the members of the public who have donated food:
“We would like to say a huge thank you. We absolutely could not believe the amount of food you kindly gave and delivered. We also received home cooked meals – we especially liked the curry and sponge and custard.
“You have helped us out so, so much. You’ve helped us out financially and put a lot of stress to the side.
“Thank you, you all help people, risking your own health. You also made me feel very comfortable ringing for help.
“We would also like to say a massive thank you to all that kindly donated food to you.”
In another case, a woman called the foodbank to ask for support for her elderly parents who are isolating. Ordinarily, she would provide food and meals for them but lockdown has restricted her access and has rendered her unable to work – placing a strain on her usual support.
Both her parents struggle with their mobility and cannot stand long enough to make themselves a meal. She has been standing at their window, trying to encourage them to eat.
Thanks to the catering department at Burnley FC and Daisy Communications, who have both been providing the foodbank with ready to eat meals, the elderly couple are now receiving pre-cooked meals as part of their food parcels. Now she can rest easier, knowing they are eating full meals that her father described as “marvellous and fantastic.”
Another foodbank user said: “Thank you so much for your help throughout this time. I can’t thank you enough and I can’t wait to meet you all in person to say thank you to you all when this is all over.
“I would have had to steal from the shops to get what I have got from all of you and I am so grateful for all your help. Will you please let everyone know.”
These are just a few examples from the hundreds of people that have depended on the service in recent weeks. These are the people receiving support every time a food or cash donation is made.
Please continue to donate what you can to the service by making a cash donation at justgiving.com/campaign/supportburnleyfoodbank or a food donation at one of the local drop off points that can be found here.