Tenants from four Manchester retirement properties have donated 114 carrier bags of food to a local food bank this week.

The older people from Anchor’s Arden Court in Chorlton, Moseley Court in Levenshulme and Westfields and The Grange in Wythenshawe have spent a month collecting food items to donate.

John Leech MP for Manchester and Withington and Councillor Norman Lewis helped the location managers and tenants to deliver the food to the Chorlton and Didsbury Food bank at Christ Church in Didsbury on Thursday 27 February.                                                                                        

Arden Court Location Manager, Jean Lyons said: “I’ve been very impressed by the generosity of our tenants and also their friends and families.
“They have so much life experience and really wanted to help others in such difficult circumstances. Within an hour of the request being made for items, bags full of food were being handed in. 

“Many tenants have said they would like to donate but didn’t really know how to go about it. Several groups in the community who use our scheme during the week have also welcomed the chance to donate.                                                                                                

“To be in a position to bring people together and enable them to contribute to something like this is wonderful and made us all feel good. I’m sure our efforts will make a difference for someone so I would like to thank everyone at all the schemes for their support.”

Main organiser at the food bank Michelle thanked the tenants and staff of Anchor Housing for their generous donations which she said would help them to feed local people in crisis.

Barbara Flowers aged 85, who is a tenant at Arden Court, said. “I’ve learnt a lot more about food banks, the people they are able to help and the reasons why people often need help.
“I think it’s really important we all support each other when things are as difficult as they are for many at the moment.  Being able to donate even a couple of items makes you feel like you are really helping.”

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