‘Times are hard – and getting harder. Sometimes it can be a struggle to put food on the table, especially when the unexpected happens.’
This is what visitors can read on the homepage of the Isle of Man Foodbank website. It was to meet precisely this need and help people in difficulty in the Isle of Man — those needing a helping hand and support to get through difficult times – that the Foodbank was set up in December 2013. It was established by a number of local charities and faith communities, along with government representatives from Social Care and the Office of Fair Trading.
Since then, the Charity has been providing support in the form of emergency food parcels to families and individuals who are referred to them when in times of crisis. The Charity also works closely with other organisations, such as Housing Matters and The Salvation Army, to identify people in need and distribute food parcels around the Island.
In addition, they can refer those in need to other relevant support organisations such as Debt Management, Life Skills, Careers and Budgeting. The Charity also aims to help people with their longer-term plans – helping them get back on their feet again, get out of a crisis, and then move forward.
Commenting on the recent donation, Annie Sanchez-Talavera, Senior Manager – Operations at Abacus, said: “At Abacus, we recognise the importance of giving back to the communities in which we work and live – this is why we are pleased to support our employees’ charitable giving and involvement in worthwhile causes, and we are committed to supporting local charities across our office locations, aiming to assist them in continuing their ongoing hard work.”
“It was a pleasure donating the funds raised to the Isle of Man Foodbank and also meeting the charity representatives at our offices. The Charity does fantastic work on the Island and is providing a much needed service to families and individuals who are struggling, especially during the current difficult times.”
“My personal appeal to readers is to please donate to Foodbank if you can. Tea, coffee, UHT milk, sugar, tinned meat and fish, rice pudding, biscuits, pasta, pot noodles, jars of jam and breakfast cereal are ideal. Toiletries and household products are also essential.”
The Isle of Man Foodbank is always glad to receive donations, whether items for the food parcels or monetary donations. The Charity is always looking for volunteers too, whether assisting as drivers or on the on-call contact phone.
If you would like to volunteer or make a donation, please visit isleofmanfoodbank.wordpress.com/contact-us or call them on 01624 646999.
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