£292k funding boost for food bank project

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A project that provides food parcels for families in need has been given a major funding boost.

High Peak Nightstop has been awarded £292,100 from the Big Lottery Fund to expand the High Peak food banks project, which will now be able to support 9,000 people.

The funding will be used to expand the group’s food storage facilities, including perishable food, and to help with the operational capacity and logistical support needed to meet the extra demand.

High Peak Nightstop trustee Paul Carney said: “The High Peak has seen a huge increase in the demand for food parcels since the food banks in Buxton and Glossop were formally established in 2012.

“There are now 57 separate agencies referring people to the food banks, highlighting the crisis for those who have emergency needs and who, without the food banks, would go hungry.

“Donations of food are continuing to increase at the required rate reflecting the acknowledgment of this growing need in the local community. The food banks have now supplied over 10,000 days worth of food to people in need.”

Support from the food bank varies depending on circumstances, from a one-off parcel to a longer period of help.