A new food bank has launched in Preston and members are already looking for help to extend the project.
Noor Food Bank is open every Monday night from 7.15pm until 9pm at Noor Hall Community Centre, next to the mosque in St Paul’s Road. Now the food bank has been successfully established, the group has plans to convert an old bus into a mobile soup kitchen.
Volunteers are requesting help from the community in supporting the next stage.
Mubeen Patel, co-ordinator, said: “Since opening in mid July, we have supplied food parcels to feed 38 people so far. All of these have been families with young children.
“The food bank is just the first stepping stone of the ambitious vision the volunteers have, as they are hoping to put together a project to buy a second hand bus and have it fitted out to have a mobile soup kitchen for Lancashire.
“This is currently a project for which they are putting together a proposal.
“Anyone who may be able to offer help in procurement of a second hand double decker bus, fit out companies, drivers, chefs etc anyone who wishes to support this project can contact Noorfoodbank@gmail.com.
“This project is currently only a dream but with the communities support we wish to make it a reality. All our volunteers dedicate time for free and we have a 100 per cent donation policy.”
The food bank works via referrals from Preston City Council and local GPs. If anyone wishes to bring tinned food, drop them off on Mondays, from 7pm to 9pm.