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Plea to help stock 'People's Pantry' shelves

12th April 2018

Leek United is urging customers to help stock the shelves of a special ‘People’s Pantry’ – to feed families in North Staffordshire.

The Society’s Hanley Branch team have launched an appeal for dried, packet and tinned goods, to provide direct aid for people facing food poverty.

All donations will be used to fill up the ‘People’s Pantry’, a Newcastle-based project run by Alice Charity*.

Launched in March 2017, the Pantry provides aid for families in difficulty, by giving them three days’ worth of food, to help them through immediate periods of financial hardship.

“Families don’t have to be referred to us by ‘frontline agencies’ – they can simply turn up – as many times as they need to – and we do what we can to feed them,” explained Catherine Crockett, Fundraising Manager at Alice Charity.

“We currently provide regular support for around 750 families in Newcastle and Stoke-on-Trent, and the level of demand on facilities like The People’s Pantry means that we always need to ensure we have food on the shelves for people.

“The last few weeks especially have left our shelves ravaged, and it takes time to build up stocks again, which is why an appeal such as Leek United’s means so much to us.”

Based in Bridge Street, Newcastle, The People’s Pantry is open from 11am to 1pm Monday to Friday. Alice Charity are also currently preparing to open a second Pantry in Burslem.

In addition to non-perishable foods, Alice Charity/The People’s Pantry also provides families with toiletries – soap, shampoo and toothpaste – cleaning products and soap powder, and baby products, such as nappies, wipes and formula food.

Hannah Sergeant, Manager of Leek United’s Hanley Branch in Stafford Street, said: “We held a Christmas appeal for toys and games to donate to families that Alice Charity helps, and the response was overwhelming.

“We’re sure that customers and shoppers will show the same generosity for our ‘People’s Pantry’ appeal, and that we can get the shelves fully stocked as quickly as possible.

Donations of dried, packet and tinned goods, cartons and bottles of juice  – but NOT fresh or frozen foods, which The People’s Pantry is unable to store – can be made at Leek United’s Hanley Branch until the end of March.

* Based at Unit 11, Queens Parade, Newcastle-under-Lyme ST5 1RW, Alice Charity was set up to help vulnerable families by providing an accessible service and support built on kindness, compassion and unconditional love for its communities.

It is run by both employed staff and volunteers, and receives no government funding.

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