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New van plea to drive forward food effort
Thursday 7th February 2019 @ 10:16 by Lauren Entwistle
Tameside

A mum-of-two from Hattersley is appealing for donations in order to get a fridge-freezer van, which will help her get packs of much-needed food to families across Tameside. 

Emma Leyla Mohareb, 30, came up with the ‘Bread and Butter Thing Hattersley’ after volunteering at a similar initiative in Longsight. 

The charity, which utilises a huge range of food donated through FareShare, offers a small family £25 worth of items for just £7 – with their first order being free. 

Emma, who has been running the initiative since last September, just four weeks after giving birth to her son, says what they do is vital for struggling families.

“Within the first week we had 179 applications for people wanting to join, and we now cater for 100
families at any one time. 

“What we really need is a fridge-freezer van, so we can take our packs to more places – at the moment we work in ten areas, but we know that we’re also needed elsewhere.

“When I first started, it made sense to do something for Tameside. 

“Because the work we’re doing has already taken a load of pressure off the food bank, which is the main
resource.”

Last Friday, The Bread and Butter Thing was at Hattersley Library (where the charity is based) to welcome Mayor of Tameside Cllr Denise Ward, giving her a taste of the hard work they do. 

The team needs to raise £80,000 in order to get the van and are calling on kind donations and local businesses or authorities to sponsor them – and who will have their logo proudly branded on the vehicle if the initiative reaches their goal.

Emma added: “If we get this van, it will help the whole of Tameside and so many families will have the safety net they need. 

“It doesn’t matter if you’re in work or not, there is no criteria – everyone is welcome to sign up.” 

If you’d like to order from The Bread and Butter Thing, all you have to do is text them on 07860 063304 – but Emma advises that due to large numbers it might be best to visit them at the library on Fridays from 1.30pm to be added to the list directly.

For more information, you can join their group on Facebook at The Bread and Butter Thing Hattersley.