Burnley food bank delivers 6,000th parcel

Anthony Riding and Elaine Lee from Community Solutions along with ASDA's Michelle Holmes at the launch of the food bank.
Anthony Riding and Elaine Lee from Community Solutions along with ASDA's Michelle Holmes at the launch of the food bank.

A Burnley food bank has just delivered its 6,000th food parcel in just 18 months.

The food bank, run by Community Solutions, has been helping families in need put food on their tables since January 2012.

And bosses there have said it would not be possible without the continuing and growing support of the local community.

Burnley ASDA has been one of the organisation’s biggest supporters and this week they are asking customers to donate non-perishable food, nappies and baby supplies.

Food Bank manager Mark Hirst said: “We are very grateful to Michelle and the staff at ASDA Burnley for continuing to support the work of the CSNW Food Bank.

“We are encouraged by the increasing number of local organisations, companies and individuals who understand what we are trying to do with our innovative approach to Food Bank, who donate valuable food items, finances and volunteer hours.”

Asda’s community life champion Michelle Holmes said they have been proud to support this local and worthy cause since Easter and would be continuing to do so throughout the year.

In June, food bank bosses said they were struggling to cope with demand for food parcels as referrals from various agencies continued to soar. By June 6th they had received 65 referrals, compared to the whole of June the previous year.

Anybody wishing to donate items or volunteer their time can do so by visiting www.csnw.co.uk, facebook.com/CommunitySolutionsNW, @CommunitySNW or ringing 01254 352591.