People are being encouraged to donate vouchers from Leyland Market to the town’s growing food bank.
The busy food bank, which is experiencing a surge in the number of people requiring help, can only accept non-perishable foods, such as canned goods and pasta.
As more people have come forward to donate to the cause after a series of features in the Guardian, it has now been suggested that the next step is to introduce ways for people to receive fresh foods through the food bank too.
Leyland Market traders donated some vouchers to the food bank around Christmas time, and members of the public who want to help the charity are being advised to buy vouchers, and drop them off at the food bank at St Mary’s Church on Broadfield Drive.
Parish administrator Lesley Raven said: “It would be great if we could start giving people vouchers for the market, so they could have fresh food like meat, fish, cheese, fruit and vegetables.
“It’s particularly important for families, because part of the food poverty problem is malnutrition, and growing children need protein.”
Coun Jane Bell, chairman of the Leyland My Neighbourhood Forum, added: “The donations of food and money have gone up in recent weeks, so the food bank has really been brought to people’s attention.
“I think people realise now that it’s monitored and people are not just taking advantage – there is a real need for this.
“In another life I have worked with homeless people and people who are desperate, so I know how important it is.
“It’s nice to know that in this day and age, people are still willing to help each other. People are being very generous.”