Ribble Valley Foodbank is celebrating its first birthday.
Run by 80 dedicated volunteers in Clitheroe and Longridge, during its first year donations of food and finance from Ribble Valley residents mean 1,370 people have been fed and more than 38,000 items of food distributed across the area.
Ribble Valley Foodbank manager Ruth Haldane said: “Supermarket collections are important to us, and the Clitheroe community donated 1.5 tons of food at the latest collection, which will be topped up by Tescos by 30%.
“Ribblesdale School pupils were involved in manning the stand, as well as other foodbank volunteers.”
Ribble Valley MP Nigel Evans visited the foodbank to help mark its first birthday and discussed the services provided by the foodbank to local people in crisis.
“We also discussed the ways in which the foodbank networks with other agencies in the Ribble Valley to improve the quality of life for our clients,” explained Ruth.
Mr Evans now plans to contact Frank Field MP, co-chair of the all party parliamentary group on food poverty, to share the Ribble Valley Foodbank experience of serving local people in food poverty in a rural context.
“Overall, we are very grateful to the generosity of the Ribble Valley community in giving so amazingly to those in crisis need in the area,” Ruth added.