Food banks to be reimbursed for council referrals

Carol Halton at the Chorley food bank
Carol Halton at the Chorley food bank
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Food banks in Lancashire are set to benefit from a £100,000 support scheme which will see them be reimbursed for council referrals.

Lancashire County Council’s cabinet members are poised to sign off a small grants system that will enable its Care and Urgent Needs Support Scheme (CaUNSS) to support local food banks.

The idea is that people in crisis are referred to existing food banks in the area instead of being given money for food, which they may have spent on other things.

The food banks that sign up to the system will be reimbursed for the cost of the food and the cost of delivery at a flat fee of around £26 per parcel.

The scheme has been running in the East Lancashire area for a year, since the council’s CaUNSS replaced the Department for Work and Pensions Discretionary Social Fund, but it will now be formally rolled out across the rest of the county.

County councillor David Borrow, deputy leader of Lancashire County Council, said: “The CaUNSS was set up in April last year and we have been supporting food banks in East Lancashire from the very beginning.

“We now want to build on that success by working in partnership with food banks across the county.

“The new small grants scheme will mean that all food banks in Lancashire that join the scheme will be reimbursed for providing food parcels to the people we refer to them.”