Leyland’s vital food bank campaign was rolled out into the community this weekend, when a special ‘Fare Share’ food collection point was set up at Tesco Extra.
Leyland Churches Together volunteers, who run the food bank from St Mary’s RC Parish Church in Broadfield Drive, teamed up with the store’s Community Champion, Jean Bolton, to help gather even more food for the people of Leyland who find it difficult to make ends meet.
It was also an opportunity for volunteers to spread the word about the importance of collecting enough food to fill food parcels for struggling families each week.
Margaret Dixon, Chair of Churches Together in Leyland, said: “The Fare Share food collection at Tesco held on Thursday, Friday and Saturday was a great success.
“We gave out leaflets explaining the scheme to shoppers, and they were helped by volunteers from Red Cross, Recycling Lives and Diabetes Charities.
“Other help came from local people who gave up their time and energy, pupils from Academy@Worden, and the British Commercial Vehicle Museum which loaned a driver and a van, which we used to transport donated items back to St Mary’s Church.”
She added: “The people at St Mary’s who make up food parcels were overwhelmed by people’s generosity and the amount of food given will add significantly to the contributions made by the churches on a regular basis.
“This was a community effort and one of which the people of Leyland should be proud of.”
Leyland Churches Together recently received recognition of their efforts with the food bank at South Ribble Council’s community awards.
The group was nominated in the ‘Community Impact’ category.