St Thomas’ and St Luke’s work in partnership with other Christian organisations in running a Food Bank for local people in financial crisis.
The ACT (Ashton Churches Together) Food Bank was opened in September 2012 to help people whose income has stopped for whatever reason, or is temporarily inadequate for their current needs. The idea is to offer emergency help for those faced with not having enough to feed themselves or their families. In some cases this could be because of benefit cut-off or temporary suspension, or other circumstances beyond the person’s control, which means they have too little money to buy food. The Food Bank aims to provide recipients who live in the Ashton, North Ashton, Garswood, Bryn and Golborne areas with food parcels, distributed from Ashton town centre once per week. In addition, an emergency service is now available providing immediate parcels if the family is literally without food and cannot therefore wait until the Food Bank is open.
The Food Bank is supported by St Luke’s, St Thomas’s, Queens Rd Methodists, Beacon Church, Emanuel Christian Fellowship Garswood, the Salvation Army, St Oswald’s and St Wilfrid’s RC, the Congregational Church Hilton Street and other local Christian organisations. The food coming in is just about enough to deal with the present demand.
We are currently working in partnership with Job Centre Plus, Wigan Independent Advisory Centre, the police, the CAB, Wigan and Leigh Housing Trust, local doctors and others with specialist knowledge of people’s circumstances. These organisations are referring those they have identified as being in crisis to the Food Bank. It is not intended that recipients will become permanently dependent upon the scheme; each will only entitled to the maximum of five weeks of parcels per household.
If you wish to help in any way or require further information, please do not hesitate to contact the Co-ordinator Andrew Bullen on 01942 273721, alternatively you can email us. Our postal address is: Act Food Bank C/O 31 Satinwood Close, Ashton in Makerfield, WN4 9NL.