Shoppers boost Leyland Food Bank

A supermarket, community groups and volunteers from the town’s vehicle museum have all clubbed together to support Leyland’s Food Bank.

A food donation project has been set up at Tesco Extra to encourage shoppers to donate items to the town’s Food Bank.

The Mayor of South Ribble, Coun Graham Walton, and Leyland's Tesco Extra manager Simon Court at the launch of the Christmas Food Bank appeal

The Mayor of South Ribble, Coun Graham Walton, and Leyland's Tesco Extra manager Simon Court at the launch of the Christmas Food Bank appeal

Pupils from Leyland’s high schools, students from Runshaw College, members of the police cadets and Churches Together in Leyland have provided volunteers to make shoppers aware of the cause.

Every evening, trustees of the British Commercial Vehicle Museum have provided a van for a team of helpers to collect the boxed food items, load the van and deliver the packages to St Mary’s RC Parish Church in Broadfield Drive, where the Food Bank operates from.

Margaret Dixon, chair of Churches Together in Leyland, said: “The response to the collection has been great and shows that Leyland has a good community spirit, which is something to be proud of.”

Lesley Raven, who runs the Food Bank, said: “This is the second collection Tesco has done for us and it’s a real boost.

“We’ve been getting between 30 and 40 big boxes delivered every day.

“People in Leyland are very generous, especially at this time of year when they know families need good meals to help keep them warm.

“People have also been coming to the church to drop off advent calendars for children, which is really nice.”

“We’re open Monday to Friday, 10am until noon.”