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Rebecca Crawford, from Warrington, has created a drop-off point at the University’s Warrington Campus and is hoping fellow students and staff will make donations.

Second-year student Rebecca, 25, said: “I want to help those in need in my local community.

“I’ve worked with people who have needed to access the food bank in Warrington and I recently became aware that extra donations of certain items are desperately needed.”

Supported by her tutor, Rebecca is hoping staff and students will be generous.  She said: “We’ll take donations to the food bank once a month, or more often if there are sufficient donations.”

The food bank donations box is situated near where the Chaplaincy team is based. Run by the Trussell Trust, the Warrington food bank has five centres in the town supporting families in need in the area. 

Rebecca says that between April and September last year, the Trussell Trust’s foodbank network provided 658,048 emergency supplies to people in crisis.  She added: “That’s a 13% increase on the same period in 2017.

“The figures may go up again this year, and that’s why I want to encourage as many people as possible here at the Warrington Campus to make a donation – no matter how small.”

Dr Valerie Gant, Senior Lecturer in Social Work at the University of Chester, said: “As the recent UN report highlighted, UK austerity has inflicted great misery on its citizens- sadly food banks are a sign of the times. Rebecca has responded constructively to this need by encouraging students and staff at the Warrington Campus to contribute.”

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