Jun 20 2013 by Rebecca Koncienzcy, Ormskirk Advertiser
Mayor opens Ormskirk’s first food bank
THE Mayor of West Lancs, Cllr Iain Ashcroft, opened Ormskirk’s first food bank on Monday.
The food bank, based at the Boiler Room, on Burscough Street, has been led by Churches Together and is in partnership with the Trussell Trust.
The food bank aims to provide help to individuals and families who are struggling to cope and are referred to the charity.
Bill Jones, from the Ormskirk Food Bank, said: “There were various reasons as to why the food bank came about, but mainly because there was an increase in inquiries about people needing food.
“We hope that people feel that they can come forward if they need to use a food bank. If you are in a situation where you need food, we are here to help.”
Clients of the Ormskirk food bank can obtain emergency food supply vouchers covering a three- day period after being referred by an organisation.
Mr Jones continued: “People donate and those donations are weighed and sorted ready for our referrals – we have had some tremendous support locally.”
Clients will only be able to use three food supply vouchers within a six- month period, until their emergency situation is resolved.
West Lancs Mayor, Cllr Iain Ashcroft, said: “I was invited to the opening of the food bank on Monday, June 17.
“Clearly it is the intention of the organisers to publicise and practically demonstrate the positive actions they have taken on behalf of our community.
“I enjoyed meeting all those involved with the creation of the food bank, and discussed their concerns and aspirations, both for the present and for the future of the project.”
For more information on the food bank, call 07748 951 274 or email info@ ormskirk.foodbank.org.uk