Stagecoach Manchester has announced it is to make regular donations of food to the Trussel Trust’s food banks across Greater Manchester.
The Trussell Trust supports a nationwide network of some 1,300 food bank centres to provide support to people in poverty. It also campaigns to end the need for food banks in the UK.
The announcement coincides with the launch of staff drop-off points at its depots and is part of the operator’s Giving for Good initiative, announced earlier this year, where Stagecoach pledged to support four national charity partners.
The Trust enjoys support from food banks in areas close to the six Stagecoach Manchester depots where collections will take place. They include Tameside East, Manchester Central, Middleton, Stockport and Atherton and Leigh.
“Food banks in our network have told us they are being stretched to breaking point as a result of rising need, increased energy costs and inflation and they’re preparing for their hardest ever winter,” explains Sophie Carre – Head of Corporate Partnerships at the Trussell Trust. “We are delighted to work alongside Stagecoach as part of its Giving for Good initiative. Its support will help food banks within our network continue to provide the lifeline of emergency support for local people facing financial hardship in these challenging times, while we work in the long term to end the need for food banks, for good.”
Adds Lee Wasnidge, Managing Director of Stagecoach Manchester: “We are extremely passionate about supporting our local communities, and the Giving for Good initiative allows us to identify local charities, providing real hands-on help to those in need throughout our region.
“The cost-of-living crisis will hit hard this winter, and vulnerable families across Manchester will rely on help from charities such as the Trussell Trust, so we’re delighted to help however we can.”
Find out more about the Trussell Trust, and opportunities to get involved with activities taking place across Greater Manchester.