Families on a low income in Lancashire can turn to independent, not-for profit food banks as well as Trussell Trust affiliated organisations. The centres provide numerous services to individuals in an emergency or in poverty, including hot meals, free food, and even the delivery of items from organisations such as RAFT.
There are two types of foodbanks in the Lancashire County area. They include churches, which are mostly part of Trussell Trust, as well as independent charity groups. The Help Direct service can provide information on them, or the main locations are below.
Depending on donations, the sites will have parcels of tinned meats or fruits. Other items may be fresh vegetables, baby nappies, or some churches also have soup kitchens with a free hot lunch or breakfast. The hours of each centre also vary.
Independent locations in Lancashire and government schemes
Community Solutions may be the largest provider in Lancashire. The food bank not only can provide a parcel of groceries, but the volunteers will also signpost clients to over 100 other organisations in the county. The also partner as part of the Help Direct Service is an effort to assist families in poverty. The address is Elmfield Hall, Hyndburn Road, Accrington, Lancashire. Call the location at 1254 352591 for hours, or find more information on Community Solutions.
A Cafe is at the Foxton Centre in Preston. Not only can families and those in povery get a hot meal, but the staff will other other support. They can provide a voucher for use at a foodbank in Lancashire and signpost the client to other local services. Learn how to get support from the many other assistance programmes from the Foxton Centre that struggling families can use.
Information on soup kitchens and food banks is available from Help Direct. Ring 0303 333 1111. This is a call centre that can offer information on benefits, charities, and practical support in Lancashire. Learn about places for food as well as clothing and more.
Helping Hand is a charity that operates a Resource Center and second hand store in Blackpool, Lancashire. Clients can receive a voucher to use at a local food bank, hot meals, and other support services, such as signposting. The agency is a leading poverty fighting charity for the city. Find more details on assistance from Helping Hand.
Help the Homeless is a charity that offers many services, and the phone number is 01257 273320. Both people in poverty and the homeless can receive a box of free food. Other services include shelter, clothing, and information on job programmes. The site is at 45 Clifford Street, Chorley, Lancashire, PR7 1SE, or read more Help the Homeless services.
Lancashire Council will offer food from welfare. The care and urgent needs support scheme will offer grants to families on a low income threatened with an emergency. The government funds can pay for many needs, including food. Phone – 0300 123 6735, or find more details on urgent needs grant scheme in Lancashire.
Life Church Burnley and the East Lancs Food Bank will provide groceries at most six times per year. The volunteers that run the scheme will provide assistance based on an assessment that is done. Address is Sycamore Avenue, Burnley, BB12 6QP. Call 01254 352591.
The Raft Foundation – RAFT – The site will pass out non-perishable food that has been donated by volunteers. They also try to provide free fruits, vegetables, milk, toiletries and other items to people facing a crisis. RAFT can also deliver meals to seniors and offer signposting. Volunteers are needed. The address is Hardmans Business Centre, Rawtenstall, BB4 6AJ, telephone 07874 206854.
Salvation Army has multiple locations in Lancashire. The main centre is at Richard Street in Burnley. When out of options, a parcel of food is available. The Salvation Army will also serve a free Christmas meal to the homeless. Ring 1282 415840.
Ribble Valley Foodbank at St Paul’s Church serves thousands of low cost meals a year. The address is St Paul’s Church, Church Street, Longridge, PR3 3TN. The church will also serve Christmas meals to people in poverty.
There are also several Trussell Trust network food banks in Lancashire County. They are for people on a low income with a voucher only. Items available from the charity are donated by churches, schools, businesses, individuals, or through supermarkets. The emergency parcel will have up to three days of free food, and the locations also offer advice.
- Central Methodist Church on Green Street, Morecambe LA4 5HN, 07591 763 130, call 01524 874004.
- Blackburn Trussell Trust foodbank is at 2 Brunswick, St Whalley Banks, Blackburn BB2 1NR, 01254 672756.
- Fylde residents can stop by a centre at St. Albans Road, St Annes on Sea, Lancashire, FY8 3NQ. Ring 07592542670 for hours.
- Barrow foodbank, Abbey Road, Baptist Church, LA14 5EY, dial 01229 343436.