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Salford foodbank needs your support - donate what you can!

Dec 10, 2018

In October, lecturer Gabi Hesk invited staff from Salford foodbank to speak to social work students in the School of Health and Society.

The masters students heard how the foodbank had recently lost over £2,500 worth of stock due to theft and immediately wanted to do something about it.

Student Colin Davies said:  'We were shocked by the blatant theft from a charity supporting the Salford community living in food poverty. We are now asking our fellow students and colleagues to donate one or two items. We want to do something and hope you do too. We saw the good work University colleagues from the Directorate of Student Administration and Support did with their harvest collection and hope that our efforts will help boost the foodbank’s stocks even further'

You can donate items in The Library between 10 to 14 December 

The food items that are needed:

  • Tinned meat & fish
  • Tinned fruit
  • Tinned vegetables
  • Rice pudding
  • Tea bags/ Instant coffee
  • Long life milk
  • Sugar (500g)
  • Cordial
  • Biscuits or snack bars
  • Pasta sauces
  • Instant mash
  • Jam or marmalade


A few facts:

  • In 2017, Salford Foodbank provided three-day emergency food supplies for 2,043 to children and 5,047 people in crisis.
  • The Trussell Trust’s foodbank network provided 658,048 emergency supplies to people in crisis between April and September 2018, a 13% increase on the same period in 2017.

The group have done a great job so far in getting the collection together and have managed to raise £72 from a book raffle with students and colleagues lead by Sarah Riding (Lecturer in Social work from the School of Health and Society) which will buy many more of the essential items Salford foodbank need.

The group haven't stopped at just reaching out to the University. They've managed to get their friends and family helping out too and devised a lovely festive concept, whereby you can donate money or food to the foodbank and then gift the donation you have made to someone for Christmas. You will receive a bespoke ‘Gift card’ to say that a donation has been made to the foodbank on behalf of the person you are ‘gifting’ the card to.  

We’ve reached the festive season, and this is a great gift to share the act of kindness. Have a look through the images below to see what people have donated on behalf of their loved ones so far. If you want to take part in donating to the foodbank on behalf of a loved one this Christmas please contact Gabi.


If you have any questions about the foodbank collection, please contact Colin.

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