ACT (Ashton Churches Together) Food Bank is a St Thomas and St Lukes organisation that provides food parcels for local people in financial crisis. Supported by other bodies in our locality it operates from St Thomass car park every Friday morning 9.30 to 11am and in addition provide an emergency service for those who cannot wait.
The ACT 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 persons control, which means they have too little money to buy food.
The Food Bank is supported by St Lukes, St Thomass, Queens Rd Methodists, Beacon Church, the Salvation Army, St Oswalds and St Wilfrids RC, the Congregational Church Hilton Street and other local organisations including Rotary.
It currently works in partnership with Job Centre Plus, Health Visitors, Start Well, Wigan and Leigh Housing Trust, local doctors and others with specialist knowledge of peoples 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 be entitled to the maximum of five weeks of parcels per household.
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