Emergency Food Providers map of the region

The most well-known food bank service, The Trussell Trust now has 54 distribution points in Greater Manchester but there are many more emergency food providers including churches, community centres, charities, and local action groups.

In Greater Manchester, GMPA has mapped 169.

We created this Emergency Food Providers map, which was launched in January 2017, as we believed that a single source didn’t exist and we hoped that it would be useful and informative.

An almost unexpected outcome has been that it is also a very powerful image demonstrating how critical the situation in the region is at the start of 2017.

“You don’t go to a food bank for fun, you don’t go so you can save your money to spend on something else.” says Tom Skinner, a Director of GMPA “You go because you have no choice if you want to feed your family or yourself.”  and he added “Will we ever again be a country without need for them? There are so many people going hungry right now, sadly it’s hard to imagine a UK without food banks. But we have to try. In the meantime, we’ll make sure people know where they can go if they are in need.”

The GMPA Emergency Food Providers map is freely available to everyone in the hope that it will be of assistance to clients and to advisors when directing people to their nearest, accessible foodbank.

We would welcome information about any foodbank we may have missed and we are short of some items of data such as hours of opening or referral method for a few food banks.  We also understand that a food bank may not wish to be shown on the map if they are already overwhelmed by local demand.  We are happy to amend the details to reflect this although we would prefer to keep a pin in the map for every food bank in existence in order to make the level of need crystal clear.

If you have any information that could improve the food map please email us

Household items and repairs

Back in January GMPA launched the Emergency Food Providers map, a Google map showing the location of all the foodbanks, pay-as-you-feel cafés, food clubs and pantries that we could find.  We are very grateful to everyone who helped us to gather the data – especially Greater Together Manchester.  We added more pins and made any necessary amendments over the past 9 months.  Since its launch this map has had over 8,300 visits and we hope that it will continue to be a really useful resource.

Our second map shows ‘Household items and repairsand includes organisations that provide reconditioned, refurbished and repaired furniture, white goods and smaller electrical items for a fraction of high street costs, some that are even able to offer a limited number of these items free of charge.  We’ve included the local Freecycle groups that simply advertise everything, including occasionally the kitchen sink, that is available for free from the current owners who no longer need the item. Also shown are a few organisations that can provide some practical support in the home for those on low-incomes, the elderly and the disabled.

We would welcome your help improving this map.  Who have we missed off?  Are the details we’ve gleaned completely accurate?  Please email us with any additions and corrections.  The more accurate it is, the more useful it will be.

As soon as we are happy that this map is working well, we’ll launch the next one!

Chris HoughMaps