Lancashire councillors chip in to help support food bank keep stock

Help: Coun Matthew Tomlinson

Help: Coun Matthew Tomlinson

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A Leyland food bank has been given vital funding from Lancashire County Council.

Councillors Mike Otter and Matthew Tomlinson each provided a £500 grant to Leyland Churches Together Food Bank.

It is run by a very hard working and dedicated team of volunteers and I know they are grateful to people for donating food they provide to families who are finding it difficult to afford to eat

Run by 10 volunteers, the group is based at St Mary’s RC Church in Broadfield Drive.

The food bank provides more than 60 parcels to needy families across South Ribble.

Although largely made up of food donated by the public, the food bank often runs short of ingredients and has to buy the,

The two grants are intended to help cover the cost to the vital purchases.

Count Mike Otter, who represents Farington, said: “I’ve referred several residents to Leyland Churches Together Food Bank over the years.

“It is run by a very hard working and dedicated team of volunteers and I know they are grateful to people for donating food they provide to families who are finding it difficult to afford to eat.

“The grants we are providing will help them to buy in other important ingredients they need to make up their food parcels.

Coun Matthew Tomlinson, who represents added: “We know that the use of the food bank has increased enormously over the last few years.”

He added that the money would go a long way towards helping keep the food bank afloat.