Feed our families; fuel our future: Alice Charity opens ‘People’s Pantry’ to combat hunger

Feed our families; fuel our future: Alice Charity opens ‘People’s Pantry’ to combat hunger

 

Alice Charity has today launched its new initiative and proudly opened the doors for the first time to its ‘People’s Pantry’. 

The initiative, launched following a viral response to a Facebook post, will aim to provide two days of emergency food for families in need; supporting the limitations of existing food banks and acting as a gateway to the charity’s other support mechanisms to facilitate sustainable change.

Stephanie Talbot, CEO Alice Charity is keen to promote the human side of the initiative and commented: “Hunger continues to be a pressing problem for a huge number of families with food banks in Newcastle and Stoke helping over ten-thousand people in 2016.

“No one in our community should have to face going hungry.  I can't even begin to imagine the emotions of a parent who can’t afford to feed their children.

“What I have discovered over the years is that those people who are hungry; those children who are hungry, could be living next door.

“We want people to know that we’re here. That we’re human. And that we’re not doing this just to hand out food and see the same family back here in a year’s time – we want to get families back on their feet for the long term.

Supporting current limitations of foodbanks in Newcastle and Stoke, the People’s Pantry will open for five days a week in its discreet, Newcastle-under-Lyme location using typical supermarket shopping bags to offer a fully confidential service.

The initiative will also provide food which is not currently provided by Food Banks in Stoke-on-Trent such as baby food. 

Clare Burton from Stoke-on-Trent has been supported by Alice Charity and commented: “After my child tax credits were cut eight months ago I found myself struggling. I contacted my local MP who put me in touch with Alice and I honestly don’t know where I’d be now if I hadn’t found them.

“Alice Charity has provided me with a number of food shops but from there I’ve found a support network which has helped to keep me strong when times got tough.

“I think that this new initiative will be a great help to people and my message to anyone struggling would be to come along because there’s absolutely no judgment and a team of friendly faces who will do all that they can to get back on your feet”.

Stephanie Philpin contacted Alice Charity having seen their initial Facebook post. She commented: “I love that Alice Charity are a local charity helping local families in need.

“As a community champion working with local establishments I see a great need for the services and support that Alice provides. I look forward to supporting the charity further with the launch of the People’s Pantry”.

The initiative will act as an extension of Alice Charity; with members of its current team working alongside new volunteers at the premises and actively promoting its culture.

Supporters of the initiative include Barclay’s Bank, Synectics Solutions and the Food Safety Company which has offered free training to ensure that the facility complies to food safety standards.

 

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Notes to Editors

Alice Charity was founded by CEO, Steph Talbot and Family Support Director, Emily Petts and works with families within the communities of Newcastle-under-Lyme and Stoke-on-Trent, offering financial, emotional and practical support.

Stoke-on-Trent is the 16th most deprived area in England and there are around 14,750 children in Stoke-on-Trent living in poverty.

The People’s Pantry has kindly been supported by Aspire Housing who have provided the premises for the initiative.

 

Other supporters of the initiative include:

•   Barclay’s Bank

•   The Food Safety Company

•   Natwest Bank

•   Smylers pre-school in Silverdale

•   Pure Gym

•   Endon Hall Primary School

•   Endon High School

•   Vodafone

•   Morrison’s Festival Park

 

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