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Halton Housing donates £5,000 to Halton food banks

14th May 2020

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Halton Housing has proudly made a £5,000 donation to food banks in Halton, with the money being split equally between Widnes and Runcorn.

The donation is part of Halton Housing’s backing of the national housing sector’s food bank campaign, ‘More than homes’.

The initiative sees the National Housing Federation, Chartered Institute of Housing and the Northern Housing Consortium, the UK’s Housing Sector come together to donate money to support the Trussell Trust as they respond to this increase in demand.

Funds raised will support the roll-out of a new strategy which meets the needs of an increasing volume of people experiencing hardship – many of whom are our residents.

Halton Housing Group Chief Executive, Liz Haworth said: “We are proud to be playing our part to help local food banks and recognise the increasing strain being placed on them as a result of the Coronavirus crisis.

“At a time of challenge for our community, we are pleased to be able to make this donation to help vulnerable people within the borough.”

Runcorn and District Foodbank Manager, Colin Keiley said: “Thank you Halton Housing for this extremely generous donation. This amount will be a big help towards paying our annual £15,000 administration costs and will make a big difference to our ability to help people in crisis in the local area.  It is especially welcome in the current pandemic situation when the need for our support is greater than ever.  Please accept our grateful thanks for thinking of the foodbank.”

Widnes Foodbank Treasurer & finance co-ordinator, Sheila Smith said: “Many, many thanks to Halton Housing for this very generous donation. Such a wonderful surprise. Please accept our thanks; Trustees, Volunteers and our clients who will benefit from your thoughtfulness.”

Food banks within Halton have remained open throughout the Coronavirus crisis.

The donation will support the food banks with administration costs and food and supplies for the borough’s most vulnerable people during the Coronavirus crisis.

To find out more about obtaining a voucher to receive help from a food bank, or how to make a donation, please visit your respective food bank’s website in Widnes or Runcorn.

Halton Housing is still ‘open’ and we’re still here to support customers whilst working hard to maintain essential services. For the latest updates and information on our response to Coronavirus, please visit our dedicated information for customers about Coronavirus (COVID-19) page.

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