URGENT APPEAL: Chorley food bank is calling for help

HELP: Carol Halton, food bank co-ordinator, says more donations are needed
HELP: Carol Halton, food bank co-ordinator, says more donations are needed
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Chorley’s food bank has made an “urgent” appeal for donations to help keep its shelves stocked.

Living Waters Storehouse, based at Living Waters Church on Bolton Street, is helping more and more people.

It received 20 referrals on Friday alone, meaning more than 50 large bags filled with food were handed out to families and individuals.

The food bank was “inundated” with donations at Christmas and gave out more than 500 hampers of food to people in need.

But the amount of food they receive has fallen since then.

Volunteers sent an email to supporters on Friday asking for their support.

Carol Halton, food bank co-ordinator, said: “We had lots of soup and pasta but everything else was low.

“If we had another few days of 20 referrals, we would have nothing.”

Carol says people have already started to respond to the call for donations.

She believes it has taken time for people to give again after Christmas and she wants to encourage them to donate the Storehouse now.

Carol said: “Christmas is over but we still need the food.”

The food bank is seeking essential items including long-life milk, pasta sauces, cereals, tinned fruit, tea and coffee, and instant mashed potato.

Tinned meat is in particularly short supply.

Donations can be taken to the Storehouse between 10am and 2pm on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Alternatively, they can be put in collections at Asda, Tesco, Morrisons and the Halifax building society in Chorley.