Avanti West Coast has teamed up with a food bank to create a donation point at Macclesfield station in an effort to meet increased demand for food parcels in the area.
Working with Silklife Foodbank – a service run and supported by Silklife Church in Macclesfield that provides emergency food parcels to local people – Avanti West Coast has set up a dedicated space to facilitate donations, helping those in need.
The donation point, located in the station’s booking hall, provides a prominent place in the town for the community to donate food items or make a financial donation to keep the food bank stocked up.
Avanti West Coast’s team at Macclesfield decided to accept donations after learning more people were being referred to Silklife as a result of the pandemic – the current average referral rate per month is 175 – an increase of 95% on this time last year.
A QR code (a distinctive code that can be scanned with a smart phone or device) which links to Silklife Foodbank’s JustGiving page, is also on display on the wall as part of the donation point – making it easier to pledge money.
To meet demand, the service which has operated for 10 years, has been scaled up significantly. Its latest partnership with the long-distance operator aims to make it easier for the community, whose support is becoming increasingly important, to help others.
Anyone who wishes to donate items of food can speak to a member of the Avanti West Coast team at the station. Money can be donated by scanning the QR code with a personal mobile device.
Laura Harper, Avanti West Coast Station Manager at Macclesfield, said: “We want to make a difference in the communities we serve, so we’re proud to have joined up with Silklife Foodbank to support their vital work with a donation point at Macclesfield station.
“By making it easier for our customers and the community to do their bit to help others, we hope to keep Silklife Foodbank stocked up so they can provide for those in need, which is more important than ever as we continue to face the impact of the pandemic.”
Dan Blackman, Silklife Foodbank Manager, said: “We are really excited that Avanti West Coast has agreed to site a food donation point at Macclesfield station. This will be a huge help to those wishing to donate food outside of the usual foodbank opening hours. Avanti West coast has also agreed to launch our first-ever window sticker that allows anyone with a mobile device to scan the QR code and donate to the foodbank through JustGiving. We are really grateful to Avanti West Coast and all the rail users who help us to help others.”
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