'˜Freezer woes gave us food for thought'

Councillors who came to the rescue of Blackpool Food Partnership have seen first hand the work being done by staff and volunteers.

Wednesday, 27th June 2018, 1:32 pm
Updated Wednesday, 27th June 2018, 1:38 pm
Councillors Jim Hobson, Graham Cain and Luke Taylor

Representatives of the five most deprived areas in the resort contributed a total of £7,500 of ward budget funding to buy a large freezer for the group after it was given a substantial donation of frozen ready meals but had nowhere to store them.

Blackpool Council agreed to store the freezer at its Layton Depot and pay the energy cost.

Coun Luke Taylor, who came up with the idea, said: “I saw the story in The Gazette about the food partnership receiving a large donation of ready meals but having nowhere to store them.

Councillors have come to the rescue of Blackpool Food Partnership by donating money for a freezer

“I thought there must be something we could do and so I contacted some of the other councillors to see if they would be willing to put in some ward budget funding.

“The food partnership probably mainly helps people in the five most deprived wards so that’s why I concentrated on those.

“It’s great councillors were able to help out and we decided to go along and find out more about the work of the partnership.”

Ward funding of £1,500 was donated by councillors representing Clifton, Claremont, Talbot, Brunswick and Bloomfield wards.

They met up with food partnership workers at their base at Springfield Methodist Church on Bispham Road.