‘The Welcome Centre‘ is a charity in Huddersfield and one of the largest food banks in northern England. They give out food packs, toiletries and other household essentials to people in financial crisis. They also provide a support service, which is tailored to their users. The number of people using food banks has drastically increased since 2010 – even more so since the Coronavirus pandemic. In this post, learn more about how food banks work, discover how Morplan is supporting The Welcome Centre and find out how you can make a valuable contribution.
If you are looking for charities to donate to, food banks are a great place to start. In a nutshell, they are for people who struggle to afford enough food for themselves and/or their family. This could be due to a number of factors, from a zero-hours contract or unemployment to health problems or homelessness. To qualify for support, you must get a referral from a support professional. This could be a social worker, GP, housing association or similar service.
Food banks generally operate a front-line service, whereby people collect their packages in person. However, many are currently arranging deliveries due to COVID-19. At The Welcome Centre, each parcel contains enough food to last a week. They tailor their packs to each individual, with factors such as dietary requirements a priority. Behind the scenes, an enormous effort goes into ensuring peoples’ needs are met. This starts with collecting and storing food or essentials and preparing the packages, to offering people personal support. Click here to find out more.
So, how is Morplan getting involved? Packaging is also a necessity for food banks to arrange their parcels. In most cases, this comes at a cost. However as the UK’s number 1 retail supplier, Morplan is happy to be donating a selection of Plastic Vest Carrier Bags to The Welcome Centre. This means more money raised by the charity can be spent directly on helping those who need it. Our economical polypropylene bags are perfect for holding bulky items without splitting, making them ideal for use at a food bank.
We also work with a number of charities long-term, supplying shopfittings and retail equipment for multiple charity shops. This covers not only packaging, but also essentials such as mannequins, clothes hangers, point of sale and PPE. As a charity, Morplan will provide you a dedicated Account Manager. They will work with you to analyse your expenditure and procurement patterns, identifying potential cost saving opportunities and working out a preferential rate. Our experts are located in a number of key locations across the UK.
So, how can you get involved? Below are some other ways you can make a positive contribution to charity:
It goes without saying that directly donating to food banks in one of the main ways to help. Do some research and find your local centre – many have a drop off area for you to leave food. Alternatively, countless supermarkets have dump bins by their exits so that customers can contribute any extra food or goods. You can also make a monetary donation in a collection box or online. If choosing a fundraising page, remember to add Gift Aid so the charity can claim an extra 25p per £1 raised.
If you have the time, you could look out for food bank volunteer work. This might range from collecting donations and preparing food packs to taking referrals by telephone. You can also help deliver parcels or work in the warehouse. Read up on the possible options at The Welcome Centre here. Alternatively, simply search online for nearby volunteer jobs.
As well as individuals, businesses can also do their part to help end food poverty. Whether it’s through donations, organising fundraising events or becoming a business partner to your local food bank, there are numerous ways to get involved. If you are local to Huddersfield or West Yorkshire, click here to find out more here about supporting The Welcome Centre as a company.