Public support for theft-hit food bank proved a real show of “Salford spirit”, says Salix Homes

AN appeal for donations has helped restore a Salford housing provider’s faith in human nature following a despicable theft from a local foodbank.

Earlier this week, Salix Homes said it had been left “shocked and saddened” after thieves had broken in to Salford Food Bank’s storage unit at Mocha Parade in Lower Broughton.

The crooks made off with £2,500 worth of sanitary products and nappies that had been donated for local women and children.

On Tuesday, the housing association appealed for donations and launched a collection of nappies, sanitary products, and non-perishable food. It also promised to match cash donations for the food bank.

The response has been heartening, according to a Salix Homes.

“We’ve had a really great response both from the public and colleagues making donations,” a spokesperson said. “We are also holding a dress down day at our office today, which will be match-funded by Salix Homes.”

The housing association’s chief executive, Lee Sugden added: “The Salford spirit never ceases to amaze me, and I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who has donated and provided support.

“Salford Food Bank sits in the heart of one of our largest estates providing a lifeline for many of our residents who are affected by poverty, so I’m very proud that in their hour of need we’ve been able to do everything we can to support them.”

In the wake of the theft, Sugden had said it “beggars belief that people would stoop so low as to steal from a food bank that is providing such a vital resource for people in desperate need”.

He added: “The food bank is a wonderful charity providing a great source of support for many of our residents, so I would urge people to do anything they can to help the cause.

“I’d also encourage anyone with information that may help the police to catch these callous thieves to report it by calling police on 101.

“I know that the Salford spirit that our communities are known for will not be broken, and together we will help them overcome this despicable crime.”

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