£150,000 given for food banks across Lancashire

County Coun. Azhar Ali
County Coun. Azhar Ali
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As more and more people are turning to food banks for help council bosses have handed over £150,000 to groups supporting those in need.

Lancashire County Council has given the money to 22 groups across the county as Food Poverty Grants, to help them ensure they have everything they need to continue supplying food to people who need it most.

Some of the groups getting funding include Methodist Action North West (£19,206) and Together Lancashire (£20,000), who both operate across the county, as well as £10,000 to the Community Gateway Association in Preston and £8,000 to Sahara in Preston.

County Coun Azhar Ali, cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said: “Food banks and other organisations do a superb job getting food parcels to people who need it most.

“It’s often difficult to keep these groups running.

“With these grants we wanted to ensure that the money was spent on making sure they have everything they need to operate for many years to come.

“It will be invested in facilities like cooking equipment, storage and training to make organisations more resilient.

“As the Archbishop of Canterbury highlighted at the weekend, food poverty is an issue that affects many areas of the country.

“The county council is committed to doing all it can to alleviate food poverty, which is a problem that needs to be taken seriously by government at all levels.”

Coun Ali continued: “People who run these groups work tirelessly, often with very limited resources and it’s a real struggle to keep them going.

“If you feel you could help them out with food or by becoming a volunteer, you should get in contact with them.

“Donations can include tinned or fresh food as long as it’s within its use-by date.”