Food banks are invited to apply for vital funds

Al Wales (left) and Ali Lee restocking the Hartlepool Foodbank.

Al Wales (left) and Ali Lee restocking the Hartlepool Foodbank.

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Food banks are being invited to bid for a share of £120,000 Derbyshire County Council funding to support their work.

There are now 22 food banks in Derbyshire – three times as many as in 2012 – and figures for one busy town centre branch show a 171 per cent usage increase over the last two years.

The funding can be used for costs including management, administration and IT, premises, storage, insurance, transport, vehicles, fuel, running costs, recruitment, staff and volunteer training.

Dave Allen, Derbyshire County Council Cabinet Member for Health and Communities, said: “Lack of proper nutrition not only has a huge impact on people’s physical and mental health but also on the health and local authority support services they increasingly have to rely on if the situation is not addressed.

“The rising cost of living and changes to benefits and unemployment mean more people are relying on food banks and we feel it is the right thing to do to support working people on low incomes and those in the most severe financial need.

“We hope this second round of grant funding helps food banks that are facing increasing pressure to feed more people.”

The council is also supporting appeals to encourage local people to volunteer and to donate food and has arranged for more than 40 of its libraries, offices and other council buildings to act as food donation points.

The closing date for applications is 14th November and funding will be allocated to successful applicants by the end of December.

Food banks which have not received an application pack should contact Sylvia Green at s.green@ruralactionderbyshire.org.uk or on 01629 592971.

Food banks can get help filling in their applications from their local CVS, which they can find at www.derbyshire.gov.uk.

For more information about local food banks visit www.derbyshire.gov.uk/foodbanks.