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Rochdale rallies to help feed the homeless

Petrus, working from the Hub on Great George Street, is desperate for food and takeaway container donations as it is currently providing a free takeaway service to feed homeless people and those in housing need in Rochdale.

The charity usually provides around 80 people with a breakfast each day and also delivers meals to residents in supported accommodation.

Following government advice, Petrus has temporarily paused some of its services but in order to make sure people in the community are still getting meals, it is offering takeaway services.

Councillor Shakil Ahmed and local businessman Khalid Chaudhary were quick to respond to Petrus’ call for food donations, delivering fresh vegetables and tinned food.

Edmund Clout, Service Manager at Petrus, said: “This donation is very important to us as it is proving very difficult to get deliveries from our usual suppliers due to the current situation. I would like to thank Councillor Shakil and Khalid for thinking of us.

“At Petrus Hub, we support some of the most vulnerable people in the town who rely on us for a decent meal each day. Due to the need for social distancing, we are unable to run our usual sit-in breakfast service, so we are cooking in the Hub kitchen and providing meals to takeaway. This, in turn, creates a problem, as we constantly need containers, so I would like to thank Worldwide Cash and Carry for their donation of takeaway tubs.

“It is very reassuring to our service users that the business and wider community are thinking about them.”

Petrus is incredibly grateful for the support received so far but is still looking for help. If you or any businesses can offer food or takeaway container donations, please call 01706 526289 to arrange drop off at Petrus Hub (73 Great George Street, Rochdale, OL16 1QG). Donations can be made Monday to Friday from 9am to 4pm.

Alternatively, online donations can be made at:

https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/charity-web/charity/finalCharityHomepage.action?charityId=1018086

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