Speed Couriers lend a helping hand to Streford Food Bank

Speed Couriers, the leading Manchester-based medical specialist courier company, has joined forces with the Stretford Food Bank to help combat poverty and hunger in the city.

The Stretford Food Bank is much-needed lifeline for the wider community around Stretford, a small market town in the Trafford part of Greater Manchester.

The food bank provides emergency food parcels for those in genuine need. Operating by referral, they work with many local agencies that work with the public. All their partnering agencies hold vouchers and can refer people to the foodbank when they identify a genuine need.

Shaun Merrick, the managing director of Speed Couriers, commented: “A lot of the major charities often get supported by big businesses. However, we prefer to support locally allowing us to actually see the positive benefits to the community or region around us.

The Stretford Food Bank is a superb local charity that brings quality food to those that really need it due to unfortunate circumstances. The efforts we made over Christmas were just the start of our drive to support locally and we are continuing to offer our support with the use of our vehicles on a monthly basis throughout the year, as and when they need to move or deliver goods.”.

A spokesperson for the Streford Food Bank added: “We value the support of Speed Couriers. We don’t think anyone in our community should have to face going hungry. That’s why we provide at least three days’ nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people who are referred to us in crisis.”

The foodbank is part of The Trussell Trust’s network of 428 food banks, working to tackle food poverty and hunger in local communities across the UK.

Shaun explained: “With the cost of living still on the rise, more and more people are relying on food banks to get them through tough times, even more so at this time of year. Often it’s about the little things, not just food but things like nappies, toilet rolls and cleaning products. It’s also about dignity which is why Stretford Food Bank deliver direct to peoples’ doors, always very discreetly.

“We wanted to offer our support to this great local charity, so we got in touch with Stretford Food Bank over Christmas, when need is greatest, and asked them to give us a shopping list. And a long list they gave us, with everything from coffee to stewed steak to biscuits to nappies. With the list, we filled up one of our vans. This now happens on a monthly basis.”

He added: “The work Stretford Food Bank does is invaluable. One in three children are living in poverty in the North West, according to the End Poverty Coalition and the cost of housing and living in the area is still on the increase. Last year the food bank delivered 2,834 food hampers, this year is expected to be much higher.

“If, like us, you would like to support the Stretford Food Bank, you can find out more details about how to get involved or donate at https://stretford.foodbank.org.uk/