A unique food donation and distribution scheme has started in Rossendale that is based around the simple idea of providing boxes for local residents to donate food and other essentials to support those in the community who need support. True community supporting their community
The scheme, which is called ‘The Rossendale Food Box Scheme’ was an idea developed by Carla Jade Clayton who realised that she had excess food in her cupboard and wondered what she could do with it. She made it available to those in the Waterfoot community who were in need. The Waterfoot Food Box was born. This led to the creation of the Food Box scheme, with donated food and other items from local residents going directly to those in need in their communities
There are now seven other towns in the valley that are running the scheme based on the same principle as in Waterfoot. They are Rawtenstall Food Box, Whitworth Food Box, Whitewell Bottom Food Box, Haslingden Food Box, Crawshawbooth Food Box sited at Crawshawbooth Village Centre, Lumb Food Box and Cherry Crescent Food Box. They all have there own Facebook page, and there is now a group Facebook page The Rossendale Food Box Scheme that will be a one stop site to view the activities of all the Food Box Hosts, so please check them out and find out where you can make a donate or pick up food, toiletries and other items
The group are now looking to extend the Food Box scheme Valley-wide, and are working with the Rossendale Community Support Network to Brand, expand and develop more Food Box sites.