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Football ace swaps pitch for pantry

Football ace swaps pitch for pantry

The Storehouse Pantry, located downstairs at The Hope Centre at St Andrew’s Church on Tattersall Avenue, provides a wide choice of fresh and tinned foods to help local residents who may not be entitled to food bank vouchers. It opens Thursdays (1.30pm  3.30pm), and people can choose up to 15 items on each visit for a £2.50 weekly membership fee that contributes to the running of the project.

The pantry was developed through a partnership between Bolton at Home, Urban Outreach and St Peter’s Parish in Halliwell, and is run by church volunteers and Bolton at Home staff. The stock is donated from Urban Outreach’s ‘grub tubs’; Fare Share, which distributes surplus food destined for waste; and also comes from supermarkets, bakeries and even local residents growing their own produce.

Darren Pratley said: “The pantry is a great idea. It’s good to see those who need extra support getting the help they need and it’s right on their doorstep”.

Overall, BWFC will donate 1,500 tickets for the league match on Saturday 1 April to Bolton at Home customers engaged in neighbourhood services and active in their communities. The club and the community trust have made the game their annual community match fixture, recognising their partnership with Bolton at Home.

The community match has become a regular initiative from the partnership, which has encouraged thousands of young people to get involved in sport, education and volunteering opportunities.

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