Food bank collection campaign launched across the Northern Care Alliance
Food bank collection points are being set up across all sites in the Northern Care Alliance NHS Group to help families this winter.
Chief Executive Raj Jain has spoken about the need to reach out to and help the communities we serve, recognising there will be some families struggling financially and making stark choices between putting the heating on or limiting what they eat.
Food bank collection points are at Oldham, North Manchester, Salford, with Bury and Rochdale expected to have their collection point up and running by the end of the week.
Staff, patients, relatives and visitors to the sites within our group will be invited to get behind the campaign.
Raj Jain said: “Having access to food and clothing is a most basic need and sadly some, this winter, will face a stark choice of having the heating on or limiting what they eat.
“As a key employer and a provider of public services across our localities, I believe we have a responsibility and an important role in the wider community beyond providing healthcare services. We are in the business of supporting and caring for people. So, it would be remiss not to acknowledge that some families in the community will be struggling this winter. We don’t want people in our communities to go hungry. We don’t want children to go hungry or our colleagues to go hungry.
“If you’re in a position to donate, we have set up food bank collection points across our sites for anyone who would like to give items. The food you donate will directly benefit the communities we serve and the areas where many of our staff live.”
Items should be donated before and on the 16th December, so we can get the goods to families before Christmas Day.
Collections will be ongoing as there will be another drop-off for families in January, recognising that it can be a particularly tough month for those struggling to make ends meet.
Look out for posters which will be around out sites and visit the Northern Care Alliance on twitter and facebook. #ncafoodbankcollections
North Manchester: Outside Rm 33 THQ/ The Gallery Restaurant
Oldham: shop, main entrance
Salford: Atrium, main entrance
Bury: Facilities and General Office
Rochdale: Facilities Office - Main Entrance