Manchester central foodbank

Manchester Central Foodbank, the first student-led foodbank in the country, was established almost five years ago as a project of the Manchester Universities’ Catholic Chaplaincy. Over the last five years the foodbank has provided food for over 14,300 individuals, of whom over 5,400 were children. And in the last six months alone it has provided food for over 2,000 people, of whom over 700 were children.As the fifth anniversary approaches, foodbank manager Amy Wisenfeld was asked if she could...
Elanor Hammerton steps down
Eleanor Hammerton has recently stepped down as the Chair of Manchester Central Foodbank.As a undergraduate in Archaeology she started volunteering there, and then joined the Board of Trustees as treasurer,  and spent the last two years as Chair of Trustees during which time she was completing a Masters degree and so was possibly the first student in the country to have such a role.We caught up with her to ask for her reflections on this time.For the last two years you have been the Chair...
Carols by Candleight at Holy Name, Manchester
The Manchester Universities’ Catholic Chaplaincy has been looking back over a busy year, which has seen a record-breaking Week of Guided Prayer, its very first Jesuit Mission visit to East Africa and the launch of several new projects. The Chaplaincy team provided a welcome to the Catholic students at Manchester Universities, which culminated with Carols by Candlelight last week, while providing initiatives which have enabled them to respond to the needs of the local community.When they...
Fr Tim Byron SJ with members of NASFAT
Manchester Central Foodbank, which is operated under the auspices of the Jesuit led Manchester Universities' Catholic Chaplaincy,  has agreed to develop a partnership with a group of Nigerian Muslims  who form Nasrul llahi l fathi society (NASFAT). The foodbank recently received a generous donation of food from NASFAT.“It is great to be working together with the Nigerian Muslim community in Manchester in this way,” said Fr Tim Byron SJ,  a trustee of the foodbank, “With the...
Volunteers unload food for redistribution at the Manchester Central Foodbank
A year after being established by Members of both Houses of Parliament, Feeding Britain has this month published a report on the changing extent and causes of hunger in the UK. Among the groups that contributed to the research was the Manchester Central Foodbank – based at the Manchester Universities’ Catholic Chaplaincy – which was the first student-led Foodbank in the country.  Submissions from the Manchester Foodbank to the All-Party report are quoted four times in the report. They...
Fr Tim Byron SJ is senior Catholic chaplain to the Universities of Manchester, and priest at the Holy Name Church, Manchester. He helped to set up and organise the Manchester Central Food Bank, the first student-run food bank in the UK.Recent national press reports say that food banks are being used by drug addicts to feed their habits. Fr Tim retorts “it is better to light a candle than curse the darkness.”Here Fr Tim explains how the food bank actually works.All food given out by food banks...