Bosses behind Blackpool’s newest development have made a cool donation to the resort’s foodbank charities, delivering free freezers to them.
The 21 freezers have been given to charities by Barr Construction, one of the companies working at the new Talbot Gateway development.
The equipment has been given to homeless hostels and children’s centres part of Blackpool Food Partnership, for food to be stored and kept fresh for parcels handed out to people in crisis.
And to continue support of the Food Partnership Sainsbury’s, the superstore Barr Construction is building, is committing to donating bread to be handed out or given as part of meals in hostels.
Now they are hoping another Fylde coast business will donate a van for the charities to use to deliver parcels to people in need.
Store manager Ian Collins said: “I am delighted to be part of making a difference to those that need the support of Blackpool Food Partnership, to be able to support communities across Blackpool is a privilege.
“Our stores will continue to look for ways that we can support the community.”
Food parcels contain portions of tinned or dried food but the bread donation means a fresh item can now be offered too.
Nikki Hart, project co-ordinator for Blackpool Food Partnership, said: “This is a great partnership for us, we are really pleased we will be able to collect from there as well as the Red Bank Road and Lytham stores. We are also incredibly grateful to Barr Construction, what a great gift to the town.”
Now the Food Partnership is looking for a van to be donated for parcels to be delivered. LBT Motors in Garstang have offered to service the vehicle for free.
Ms Hart added: “Anyone can need a food parcel; people on low incomes, those who have recently got a job, as well as those on benefits or a pension. People get help and support to prevent the situation arising again.”
Information on how to get a food parcel can be found on Blackpool Council’s website or at any library.
To donate a vehicle, contact Nikki Hart on: 07400 960507