Here’s how you can get free food on a Friday thanks to these volunteers


Vulnerable people in Biddulph are receiving free food each Friday thanks to the tireless efforts of volunteers.

Biddulph Youth and Community Zone has been providing reduced cost fruit and vegetable boxes for four years, but has now expanded its work to cope with increased demand due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Much of the food is surplus stock donated by supermarkets.

Organiser Antony Capostagno and his team of volunteers have gone from make up around 80 fruit and vegetable boxes each week to preparing hundreds.

He said: “We get food from FareShare and Tesco, create parcels and offer them out to the local community for free. It’s not just for people on low income, it’s for everyone.

“On Thursday we were inundated with bread and I didn’t think we would get rid of it all. But if ever there is anything left over, I’ll just park my car in a street and put a loaf on every doorstep.”

Colin (left), who has co-ordinated the fruit and veg boxes for three years, with volunteer Jordan

Volunteer Hannah Sproston, from Biddulph, has been posting videos online to get the local community involved in challenges including TikTok videos and craft competitions.

She said: “Biddulph Youth and Community Zone is providing vital services for our community, such as the fruit and veg project. 

“We are also giving away lots of free bakery products and essential feminine care products. If people can’t make it to collect, we are offering a free delivery service.

“We are running a fun family competition each week, where prizes will be delivered to the door of the competition winner. I’m posting videos about the competitions on Facebook and Instagram where people can enter.”

Debra Oakes, who also volunteers for Help for the Homeless, added: “I’ve been volunteering to help put the fruit and veg boxes together It’s fantastic to be able to help such a dedicated and friendly group of people. Before I volunteered to help I didn’t realise just how much Ant and the team do for the community.”





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