Interview with Alex Moore from Carrickfergus Foodbank.
Tell us a bit about yourself and/or your organisation.
Hi my name is Alex and I work part-time as the project co-ordinator for Carrickfergus Foodbank. I’m passionate about the work of the foodbank and we have seen many families and individuals receive support since the foodbank opened in December 2014.
How well have you/your organisation adapted to the pandemic?
Carrickfergus Foodbank remained open throughout the pandemic, initially we had reduced volunteers and many hurdles to cross with the restrictions and setting various measures in place to keep clients and volunteers safe. BUT we kept going and were amazed how the community pulled together and even in the toughest of times our donations increased which then enabled us to meet the increase in demand for our service.
Other organisations who have been helped are Carrickfergus YMCA who do an amazing work with young people, the foodbank helped supply snacks and treats, CAP Christians Against Poverty were providing food hampers in their area and the foodbank helped supply some of the non-perishable food items. Flourish NI who deal with many people who have been trafficked into Northern Ireland we were able to support with some basic non-perishable food items.
We anticipate that at the end of the furlough scheme sadly we will see many more families and individuals struggling and needing support. Our aim is to continue to raise awareness of the service that Carrickfergus Foodbank offers and with your help remove the stigma of accessing a foodbank.
We are so glad of services like Community Network NI that helps raise awareness of support and link various groups together in the common goal of helping our communities.
OFFER: What support are you currently offering and are you open to members of Community Network NI and/or the wider community making contact?
Carrickfergus Foodbank is available to organisations in our area who would like to become a referral agency for the foodbank or would like further information on the support we provide.
If you would like to be connected with this offer of support, please follow the link below and enter “Carrickfergus Foodbank” to the first field.