Community zone becomes hub for food distribution

Volunteers have been praised for their support in helping to pack and deliver hundreds of boxes and bags of food to the elderly and vulnerable of Biddulph.
The town's Youth and Community Zone, on Church Road, has become a hub for the drop-off and distribution of supplies for those in isolation during the pandemic.
Each Thursday and Friday up to 15 volunteers are there to sort the boxes of food donated by Tesco stores in Congleton and Kidsgrove before they are collected by those in need or delivered to people who are unable to leave their homes.
Since the lockdown began, 200 fruit and veg boxes and 160 bags of food a week have been distributed in the town.
Biddulph Youth and Community Zone Centre manager Antony Capostagno said: “I can't thank the Tesco stores enough. Without them we would not be able to do this.”
He said the volunteers had been “absolutely amazing” adding: “If it was not for the volunteers and staff we could not deliver the food. We are eternally grateful for them.”
He said the Zone was receiving between 30 and 40 messages a day from people enquiring about the distribution of food during the pandemic.
“It's hard for us to keep track and we are asking people to bear with us. We are rushed off our feet,” he said.
People are urged to collect food supplies from the Church Road premises if they can but volunteers will deliver if people are unable to leave their homes or have no family or friends locally to collect on their behalf.
Orders can be made via the Zone's Facebook page.
Mr Capostagno said: “People can help us in different ways. For instance, if they are clearing out the kitchen cupboards at home and find a few tins they don't need, they can bring them to us.”
To contact Biddulph Youth and Community Zone, call 01782 244 288.