Scunthorpe steelworkers will help feed needy families at Foodbank
HUNDREDS of Scunthorpe steelworkers past and present are set to volunteer to collect and deliver food for low-income families in North Lincolnshire.
Members of the town's main steel trade union Community will be attached to the Scunthorpe Foodbank, based at the town's Baptist Church.
Sean Scorer, spokesman for the 1,300 steelworkers, confirmed the free food operation was part of a new initiative aimed at taking the union into the wider community.
He said: "We will provide both financial and physical support to the town's charities and good causes."
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The intervention by the steelmen and women comes after warnings of an alarming hike in food prices in 2013.
Food price inflation was as high as 4.6 per cent last year and retailers are predicting this year the rise will be more than six per cent.
Farmers are already warning that the heavy rain since the autumn means many have not planted crops for 2013.
As part of the Tata Steel volunteer scheme the Community members will staff food collection points at local supermarkets.
But Mr Scorer revealed their number one priority would be to try and source a cheaper warehouse facility for the Scunthorpe Foodbank.
For the past 18 months, the organisation has paid more than £300-a-month to rent a lock-up store in the town's Midland Road.
Mr Scorer said: "It is truly sad that food banks are now very much a fixture in most towns and cities across the country. Foodbanks are not just assisting homeless people but a whole new group of low incomes families struggling to make ends meet.
"As one of the Scunthorpe Foodbank's partners, we hope to be able to offer additional specialist support in conjunction with the team of present volunteers."
Mr Scorer and his colleagues are now calling on local landlords and businesses to see if they have suitable premises to donate to the organisation.
Foodbank project manager Helen Armstrong said: "It is very exciting news from Community and we are sure the support from the steelworkers will make a big difference."
So far, the operation has fed more than 3,000 people.
Donations of non-perishable food can be dropped off at Scunthorpe Baptist Church, Ashby Road or by calling 01724 848388. To make a financial donation, text Food10 £(amount) to 70070.