The Intact Centre, a Preston-based charity that runs a pantry to help vulnerable locals needs help.Advertisement
They are feeling the effects of the national shortage of truck drivers as supermarket donations have ceased.
For many years, the Intact Centre on Whitby Avenue in Ingol has run a local community supermarket and now pantry where Preston residents who are struggling can get a full weekly shop for just £5.
Over the years, supermarkets and partners like Fareshare have been helping by supplying surplus food and toiletries to charities like Intact, but it is becoming a greater struggle to keep the shelves stocked.
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Pantry coordinator Sally Hodson said: “When The Pantry first opened we were a lifeline to our service users or customers. At that time there was a variety of food items coming in from many donors, but unfortunately due to current circumstances we don’t have the variety we once had.
“The pantry has always been popular and demand for help has never been greater but with dwindling supplies we would appreciate donations, so that we can once again provide the community with a vital shopping experience”
The pantry is there as a top-up shop for people facing food insecurity.
Intact helps people eat a more balanced diet at a fraction of the cost of the supermarket prices. If a person’s diet improves, their health and wellbeing improves and as a result, their life improves.
Jars of sauce, tinned fruit, any toiletries and tinned meat are in particular short supply and any donations would be welcome
The Road Haulage Association (RHA) says there is a shortage of about 60,000 drivers and companies like Tesco have warned the public about supply issues.
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