People on breadline need help

The Bricklayers Arms, Hallgate, is appealing for food donations
The Bricklayers Arms, Hallgate, is appealing for food donations

A HOMELESS centre is appealing for more food for people who desperately need help.

The Brick, located in The Bricklayers Arms, Hallgate, Wigan, donates an average of 50 food parcels per month to families who do not have enough food or who have been made homeless.

But staff and volunteers reveal that during the summer months supplies are down – and they are seeing more people who are falling on hard times because of changes to the benefits system.

Today they issued an appeal for readers to donate items such as tinned meats, fruit and vegetables, coffee, tea, pasta and sauces sauce, Pot Noodles, biscuits and snacks.

Tinned food with ring pulls are also a useful donation for homeless people who have no cooking utensils.

Trish Green, who helped set the centre up three years ago, said: “We tend to get donations in for Harvest Festival in autumn and at Christmas, but nothing at this time of the year.

“People are very kind and supportive to us on a regular basis by bringing food in but we are getting to the stage where we are getting short of items.

“We have seen a marked increase in demand due to the recent changes in benefits which are taking time to process and leaving people without food.

“So our volunteers usually send parcels out to people whose benefits have been stopped and can’t afford to shop that week and we also give food to people who are homeless.

“But we can’t sustain the volume of food parcels we are giving out with the amount of things coming in.

“We are doing what we can to try and help people out. We don’t like to think of people struggling.

“We just want to raise awareness so these people do not get forgotten.

“So I am asking for people to give a few items to help these people out.

“We are extremely grateful to those people who support the charity all the time – we simply couldn’t do what we do without their help and we hope that they feel in some way that they have helped vulnerable people.”

To donate tinned or dried food visit The Brick, in Hallgate, Wigan, or call 01942 236953.