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FOOD parcel deliveries from a Lancashire food bank to those in need increased six-fold during lockdown.
Luv Preston saw a massive spike in demand for its services when the country went into lockdown in March. The situation was compounded by supermarket shortages and restrictions on cupboard staples as the charity struggled to source items for its food parcels.
Anwyl Homes Lancashire, headquartered at Buckshaw Village, near Chorley, has stepped in with a donation to help maintain deliveries to support some of the most vulnerable members of the local community.
Jack McVicar, who founded the charity with his wife Sue, said: “Usually we make weekly deliveries of food parcels but during lockdown we received an increased number of referrals, which in turn increased the number of deliveries we needed to make. At one point we were delivering food parcels six days a week to ensure we could meet the demand, although as restrictions have lifted we’ve been able to drop back down to four deliver days a week.
“Food poverty is very real for many families and individuals who are struggling to put food on the table. Our volunteers deliver emergency food provisions, but also help people access the support they need to find a long term sustainable solution.
We can only do this thanks to the generosity of local businesses like Anwyl Homes and are grateful for their support.”
Anwyl’s donation of £250 was enough to cover the cost of 25 food parcels.
Matthew Gould, head of sales for Anwyl Homes Lancashire, said: “Food banks like the one operated by Luv Preston make a real difference to people’s lives all year round, but have faced the challenge of increased demand in the wake of COVID-19. Sponsoring the food parcels was our way of giving something back to the community and with the funding the charity was able to replenish some of their stocks.”
Find out more about the Luv Preston food bank, including donating non-perishable food items, via https://www.luvpreston.com/food-bank.