The catering provider for Salford University, Salfood, has donated food and other supplies to homelessness charity Emmaus Salford in an effort to support local charities during lockdown.
The donation to Emmaus Salford was made following the closure of all Salfood’s outlets as a result of coronavirus measures.
It was thanks to a former beneficiary of Emmaus Salford, who currently works at Salfood, suggesting that the items be donated to the Pendleton-based charity rather than go to waste.
Linda Sidebotham, Contract Director for Salfood said: “As Government decisions changed by the day, the University had to close the campus suddenly. We operate 16 food and cafe outlets for over 18,000 students so we obviously had lots of surplus food.
“We were delighted that Emmaus was able to use the stock and pass it on to people who need it.”
The food items donated to Emmaus Salford will be used by the charity, Lucie’s Pantry social supermarket, and will be distributed to other homelessness charities in the area.
Emmaus Salford supports 22 formerly homeless people by providing them with a stable home, meaningful work and support for as long as they need it.
Rachel Richardson, Community Director at Emmaus Salford, said: “We were totally blown away by the large donation of food from the team at Salfood.
“At this very difficult time it’s heartening to see the generosity of people and organisations across Salford.
“These items from Salfood will be put to good use in our Emmaus Salford community kitchen, shared between members of Lucie’s Pantry and support other local organisations helping people who are homeless.”
Why are charities struggling during the coronavirus pandemic?
A significant portion of Emmaus’ finances are through their three charity shops in Salford, with the income from those helping to support their community of 22 formerly homeless residents.
However, due to coronavirus pandemic, all of Emmaus Salford’s charity stores are temporarily closed, significantly reducing the charity’s income. Emmaus are continuing their support for their community of formerly homeless residents, but are appealing for financial donations to help during the coronavirus crisis.