The RAFT Foundation: Rossendale's Local Food Bank
|Published: 19th July 2012 11:01|
The RAFT Foundation provides food parcels to families and individuals in the Rossendale area who are experiencing financial hardship.
Sorting supplies at the RAFT Foundation food bank,
at Positive Start in Rawtenstall
So what is RAFT all about?
13 million people live below the poverty line in the UK
Every day the news tells us of the growing number of people in the UK who go hungry. Rising fuel costs, increasing food prices, redundancy, and benefit reforms are creating hardship amongst many individuals and families.
RAFT is run entirely by volunteers, and they rely on local support to assist local people.
Rossendale people are in hardship
Struggling financially is not limited to a particular location, age group or background. Recent unemployment figures estimate that nearly 4,000 people are out of work in the borough of Rossendale.*
RAFT aims to assist those in need
Financial hardship can occur very quickly. Redundancy, illness, family breakdown can all contribute to a sudden change in circumstance. What is more, it can be a matter of weeks before links to the services of local government agencies are established.
Collection and donation
RAFT has been created to support people in financial hardship. Their work involves:
- Co-ordinating and collecting publically donated non-perishable food and toiletries
- Raising funds to supplement non-perishable goods with fresh food - milk, fruit/veg etc
- Sorting and delivering nutritionally balanced food parcels to those in need
- Working with other local agencies and offering a signposting service where appropriate.
*Office for National Statistics 2012
The RAFT Foundation needs donations of non-perishable items, donations of funds and volunteers. If you can assist with any of these, please make contact using the details above.