As the need to feed people in poverty in the country grows, a group of people in the Lutterworth area have been working hard to launch the town’s first food bank.
Recent statistics show use of food banks in the East Midlands is on the rise.
Between April and September last year almost 16,000 people, including children, had to make use of a food bank in the region.
The Lutterworth and Villages Food Bank was launched this month and has already been busy handing out food.
Food bank project manager Lynn Martin said: “One of the main reasons we are seeing people coming in to use the food bank is benefit changes or delays to their benefits.
“Their money hasn’t come in and they have not got enough money to buy food.”
People can be referred to the food bank in Lutterworth by school teachers, nurseries, GPs or frontline healthcare professionals, church ministers, family support agencies or gypsy and traveller support organisations.
Suzanne Brook, the East Midlands regional development manager for the Trussell Trust, a Christian organisation which supports food banks across the UK, said the statistics in the region mirror those in the rest of the country.
She said: “The cost of living is rising and people’s wages aren’t keeping up with that.
“Energy prices are also going higher and people are now really having to think whether they are going to heat or eat.”
People wanting to support the Lutterworth Food Bank can do so by dropping off nonperishable and undamaged food to St Mary’s Church in Lutterworth between 10am and midday, from Monday to Friday.
For more information about the scheme or to find out more about volunteering opportunities, you can contact make contact with Lynn by email at info@lutterworth foodbank.org.