Thorne Fire Station has partnered with a food bank in Thorne to give safety advice and offer help by becoming a drop-off point for food donations.
The partnership with Thorne & Moorends Community Hub and Food Bank will give South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue the opportunity to offer vital fire safety advice to food bank users.
Through the partnership, fire safety officers will be able to give face-to-face safety and fire prevention advice to service users and their families.
Food bank visitors are encouraged to refer themselves for a home safety check, whereby fire service staff visit a person’s home, explain to them how to make it safer and fit smoke alarms for free if needed.
Fire service staff are also supporting the food bank’s work by collecting donated food to pass on to the group. The station on Union Road in Thorne will be available to use as a drop off point for food donations.
Fire Station Manager Mike Anthony said: “This is a great example of how the Fire Service can support local community initiatives and at the same time provide important home fire safety advice.
“The fire station drop off point is available 365 days a year, 24 hours a day and offers an alternate facility for anyone who wants to support the food bank by providing donations.”
Food bank volunteer Glenys Hennessey said it is a “fantastic offer” to allow the collection box at the station. “It gives people an alternative to where they can donate”, she said.
Glenys said items that can be donated include teabags, soup, beans, tinned meats, tinned fruit and tinned fish. Food items that can be made up with the use of a kettle such as cuppa soups, pot noodles and pots of porridge are also needed.
Thorne & Moorends Food Bank opened as an independent food bank in 2014 and is staffed by volunteers. The food bank is open every Wednesday, at Thorne Rugby Club on Church Balk, from 9am to 12 noon.
Pictured above are food bank volunteers Gordon & Linda Powell (front), fellow volunteer Teejay Thorley (3rd from left), Thorne Fire Station Manager Mike Anthony (right) and personnel from Blue Watch.