Donation is put towards food vouchers to feed 120 families
published on 25 Apr 2023
£3,000 donation goes towards food vouchers for Blackpool families as cost-of-living crisis continues
A £3,000 charitable donation has provided food for families struggling with the increase in the cost-of-living as more people are pushed into poverty.
The Salvation Army Blackpool received the generous donation from the Rotary Club of Blackpool and chose to spend the funds on food vouchers which were given to 120 families struggling to make ends meet over the school Easter holidays.
The church and charity, on Raikes Parade, used the money to buy vouchers for discount supermarket chain Aldi and worked with three local schools to identify the families most in need of support as many remain gripped in the cost-of-living crisis, spending money on rising energy bills instead of putting food on the table.
Captain Naomi Clifton, church leader of The Salvation Army in Blackpool said: “As a church and charity, we depend on the generosity of local people to help us support those who are really struggling with the cost-of-living crisis. The number of families coming to us for support has really increased throughout the year and we know the school holidays are a particularly difficult time for people living on low incomes.
“The Rotary Club’s donation has enabled us to make an unexpected gift to families identified as needing that extra bit of support.”
Along with the voucher, families were given invitations to events at the church and community centre for children’s activities such as Shining Stars, a stay and play group for parents and toddlers, Lighthouse Crew, for primary school aged children and Youth Club for ages 9 – 14 years old.
Captain Naomi added: “The gift vouchers have been accompanied by invitations to attend activities at The Salvation Army where people can find additional support. Our toddler group provides free drinks and toast to families attending and children coming to our free kids and youth clubs can enjoy an included meal giving that extra support to families.”
The Salvation Army has a Just Giving page, dedicated specifically to its work in Blackpool which can be found at www.justgiving.com/the-salvation-army-blackpool and whilst all donations are welcome people are encouraged to donate only what they can afford.