Burnside Centre

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The Burnside Centre is a community centre in Langley, Rochdale. They began their own food delivery project in early 2020 as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Furthermore, they have a small pot of funding and weekly food supplies from FareShare Greater Manchester. As a result, the centre has been able to deliver groceries and a daily hot meal to the local community.

About Burnside Centre

Since starting the project in May 2020, the project delivers almost 1,000 hot meals and over 700 grocery parcels to the doorsteps of local people in need. The hot meals receive fresh preparation on-site. Moreover, they share their recipes – which change each week – on social media as cooking demonstrations.

Over the past few months we have received a combined weight of almost one tonne of food from FareShare Greater Manchester. Without this we would be unable to support our community in the way that we have. Often times the people we deliver to are socially isolated and during the pandemic have not been able to leave their house at all. By offering the food parcels we’re not only providing to the need of food, but we’re also able to offer a friendly doorstep chat and check in on those who may need a little extra support during this difficult time.

“The consistent deliveries from FareShare have allowed us to keep in touch with our community and reach out to the individuals and families that need some form of support. We’re extremely grateful that we’ve been able to continue our work with the community and work on a project that so far has helped 140 individuals just on our local estate.



Kaireen McDonald, Burnside Project Development Coordinator


See what the Burnside Centre’s support means to its local community in our Lockdown Story film:

Over 600,000 people in Greater Manchester live in households that are struggling to get by.

That includes 180,000 children and young people.