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Preston foodbank and soup kitchen desperate for storage space

Posted on - 13th January, 2019 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Charities, Preston City Centre, Preston News
The current storage area for the Luv Preston foodbank Pic: Luke Parkinson/Blog Preston
The current storage area for the Luv Preston foodbank Pic: Luke Parkinson/Blog Preston

A foodbank which is feeding up to 100 people each week is in urgent need of a storage area.

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LUV Preston takes place each Tuesday evening at St Wilfred’s Community Centre in Chapel Street between Fishergate and Winckley Square.

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Operated by volunteers for the last 13 years it runs a pop-up soup kitchen and foodbank.

Volunteer Luke Parkinson said: “Each week we serve a nutritious and wholesome meal as well as cakes, snacks and sandwiches all at no cost to those who attend.

“We have a dedicated team of local volunteers ranging in age from 17-70 who run the drop-in and spend time serving, chatting with and befriending those that attend. We also offer referrals for our food bank and provide advice and support sign, posting people to the help they need.

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Volunteers get a brew on at LUV Preston Pic: Luke Parkinson/Blog Preston
Volunteers get a brew on at LUV Preston Pic: Luke Parkinson/Blog Preston

“We need more food and toiletries donated and we are desperately looking for a free storage facility in Preston.

“At the moment we have to store the food inside a volunteer’s garage which is not ideal.”

Read more: How this new scheme is helping stock Preston’s foodbanks

One homeless man in the city who uses the service said: “Luv Preston gives me a meal, clothes and a sleeping bag.”

Making soup at LUV Preston Pic: Luke Parkinson/Blog Preston
Making soup at LUV Preston Pic: Luke Parkinson/Blog Preston

Read more: New Preston Hub for rough sleepers to open in Spring this year

Anyone who can help with the storage facility, or who wants to make donations can contact director@luvpreston.com

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