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Centre opens for surplus food

24 March 2016

Blackpool Food Partnership has opened a facility to store fresh fruit and vegetables for distribution to organisations around the area, receiving support from OCS.

It has installed five fridges and flying insect prevention equipment to store produce, which is placed into food parcels.

These are then distributed across 38 organisations around the Blackpool area, such as children's centres, hostels, community kitchens, etc.

Blackpool Food Partnership is also partnering with My Local, Morrisons, Sainsbury's and Booths.

Charity manager Nikki Hart said: "We can also receive food from local farms."

It has also received support from the OCS Family Foundation for training volunteers in food hygiene, providing additional equipment to meet the increasing demand.

OCS general manager Michael Buck said: "This organisation is meeting a vital need in the local area and, as a family organisation committed to making a difference to the communities in which it works, OCS is delighted to put our experience and expertise to good use to support this."

Those wishing to offer donations can call 07780 007563.

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