Monday, September 19 has now been approved as a bank holiday by King Charles III, as the nation pays its respects to Queen Elizabeth II on the day of her funeral.
As the people of Manchester mourn Her Majesty’s death many shops and key services will have their opening hours adjusted.
This includes food banks, and lots of people have voiced their concerns given their importance to local communities.
Trussell Trust, the country’s biggest food bank network, has announced some of its outlets will either close or have limited opening hours.
Emma Revie, Chief Executive of the Trussell Trust, said: "Food banks in our network run sessions on different days and at different times.
"Food banks are best placed to make the right decision for their communities and will ensure everyone who needs support can access it as they do with every bank holiday.
"As each food bank is an independent charity, we’d encourage people who need support to contact their local food bank to check their opening hours."
Given the advice is to contact your local food bank to see their individual plans for the Queen’s funeral, we’ve collated some key information to make it easy for you.
What are the contact details for food banks across Manchester?
There are 54 Trussell Trust distribution points in and around Manchester and well over 100 emergency food providers in total.
The 10 closest to Manchester city centre are as follows:
- Manchester South Central Foodbank – Bridging the Gap, Unit 3 Wesley Enterprise Centre, Royce Road, M15 5BP; 07842 093922.
- Manchester Central Foodbank – Manchester Universities Catholic Student Chaplaincy, Avila House, 335-337 Oxford Road, M13 9PG; 07928 412339.
- Salford Foodbank – St Philip’s Church, Wilton Place, M3 6FT; 0161 637 2120.
- Salford Foodbank (Loaves & Fishes) – Salford Loaves & Fishes, 1 Paddington Close, M6 5PL; 0161 637 2120.
- Salford Food Parcels – Emmanuel Church, 174 Langworthy Road, M6 5PN; 07815 089568.
- Kingdom Mandate Centre – Empowerment House, 410 Ashton Old Road, M11 2DT; 07799 066755.
- Lalley Centre – St Malachy’s RC Primary School, Egginton Street, M40 7RG; 0161 205 2754.
- The Welcome Centre – 18-32 Brentfield Avenue, Cheetham Hill, M8 OTW; 0161 792 9760.
- Ardwick & Longsight Foodbank – Transformation Community Resource Centre, 11 Richmond Grove; 0161 273 3977 / 07853 553732.
- Fallowfield & Withington Foodbank – The Place, Fallowfield Library, Platt Lane, M14 7FB; 07411 077654.
Contact details, an interactive map, and further information for all the other food bank locations in and around Manchester can be found on the Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS website.
How can I support food banks in Manchester?
The best way to support food banks is to directly donate food to one in a local community.
There are a whole host of collection points in supermarkets across Manchester, as well as at schools, churches and local businesses.
Whether it be cans of baked beans or boxes of cereal, food banks in your area will be delighted with this kind of donation.
More information on how to find your local food bank and how to donate can be found via the Trussell Trust website.