Food bank to open in Clitheroe

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A NEW facility will open in Clitheroe to distribute food to those in need.

Clitheroe Foodbank will open on July 8th in partnership with the Trussell Trust.

The Trust is a Christian organisation and in the last 12 months it has seen the biggest rise in numbers given emergency food since the charity began in 2000.

The rising cost of living, static incomes, changes to benefits, underemployment and unemployment have meant increasing numbers of people in the UK have hit a crisis that forces them to go hungry. This dramatic rise in foodbank usage predates April’s welfare reforms, which could see numbers increase further in 2013-14.

This national picture is reflected in the Ribble Valley. Local churches in particular have reported giving out more emergency food parcels than ever. Clitheroe Christians in Partnership has for some time been considering the establishment of a foodbank linked with the Trussell Trust, and it will open in July, with the distribution centre at Trinity Church, Clitheroe.

Ruth Haldane, the Foodbank’s manager, said: “Feedback from local agencies has been that there is a need for a foodbank in this area.”

For details visit: www.clitheroe.foodbank.org.uk