Warrington Housing Association has raised a whopping £900 for Warrington Foodbank

07 May 2019
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This is the third year in a row WHA has chosen to support the charity which feeds people in crisis from all across the borough of Warrington.

Since it opened in 2012, foodbank usage in Warrington has increased year on year with 46,000 meals distributed in 2018. Nationally, 1.6bn food parcels were given out by Trussell Trust foodbanks last year.

David McDonald, Warrington Foodbank Project Manager, said: “”We are delighted WHA have nominated us their charity of the year again for 2019-20.

“With rising prices and low incomes, many people are living on the edge. It takes just one unforeseen thing to happen and people are left with nowhere to turn except us. Usage is already up 15 per cent this year and this trend shows no sign of diminishing.”

Lynn Woodger, WHA customer services officer who organises our fundraising activities, said: “The whole office is committed to helping the Foodbank. We raised money throughout the year by a WHA tuckshop, staff running the English Half Marathon, and dress down Fridays among another things. Six times a year we also drop food donations collected in the offices down to the foodbank.”

The Foodbank posts weekly what items are needed urgently on its website. Half of the WHA donation will go towards helping make up this shortfall of vital items.

The other £450 will support the conversion of a warehouse at Tanning Court, near Riverside Retail Park, so the foodbank will be able to see twice as many people as it can in its current home at Friars Green Methodist Church.

David said: “Without the generous people of Warrington – the office collections and donations at supermarkets – we wouldn’t exist. But we shouldn’t need to exist at all. That 35% of our food needs to go to children, through breakfast clubs and over the holidays when they won’t be getting their free school lunches, is appalling in the 21st century.”

Warrington Foodbank works on a referral basis with almost 100 local community organisations across Warrington providing food vouchers – including Warrington Housing Association.

WHA tenants can get behind the cause by donating items at our donation points at our head office, any of our sheltered accommodation schemes or at the LifeTime centre at The Gateway.

Testimonials

“We’re really grateful for the excellent service we received and the extra money has made a big difference, helping us hire a gardener and be able to go to LifeTime more often where we enjoy singing in the choir”

Mr & Mrs Holland – WHiA Customers

“I’m so grateful to Warrington Housing Association for reaching out to me to make sure I’m claiming my full benefit entitlements”

Ms Heseltine – WHA Resident

“We couldn’t have navigated the benefits system without the fantastic help we received from Warrington Housing Association’s Money Adviser”

Andrew & Eileen – WHA Residents

“I felt like a big weight had been lifted off my shoulders and that I had somebody on my side”

Barbara, WHA resident

“Warrington Housing Association’s Whia service is great, as it helps people stay in their own home, and this is really complimented by the fact that you are then introduced to their other services like the LifeTime centre – which shows they really care for the community they work in.”

Barry and Lynn

Warrington Housing Association 

Contact Us

Tel: 01925 246810
Fax: 01925 246814
Email: admin@wha.org.uk

Warrington Housing Association, the Gateway, 89 Sankey Street, Warrington, WA1 1SR

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