Food, glorious food, thanks to generous donations

Volunteers get ready to distribute the hampers
Volunteers get ready to distribute the hampers

Chorley’s food bank has distributed 300 Christmas hampers to people in need thanks to an “abundance” of donations.

Food and other essential items flooded in to Living Waters Storehouse following the harvest festival, as well as other donations from businesses, groups and individuals around the borough.

The items were piled high at the food bank, which is based at Living Waters Church, on Bolton Street, Chorley.

So the team of volunteers put together 300 hampers packed with items for people in need.

They included a bag of necessities, such as coffee, sugar and soup; a bag containing cereal, milk and other items; and a bag of treats like chocolate, biscuits and crisps.

Vouchers were given to 40 agencies working with the food bank, including schools, children’s centres and refuge centres, so they could be given to people who needed them.

And on Wednesday, people went to the food bank to collect their hampers.

Living Waters had also received some items it does not normally collect, such as toiletries and teddy bears, and they were given out as gifts.

Carol Halton, food bank co-ordinator, said: “They were absolutely delighted.

“Some came in with children and they were so excited to see the bag full of chocolate.

“One or two said they didn’t know what they would do this Christmas without the bags.

“ They were worried about what was going to happen over Christmas for them, but they were all so delighted.”

Carol thanked everyone who had donated to the food bank.

She also thanked Chorley Council, Lancashire County Council and Chorley Community Housing for providing funding.

She said: “I can’t believe the abundance that we had through the generosity of people in Chorley wanting to help.

“Last year we were able to give 80 hampers away and this year it was 300. That shows how generous people are.

“The people of Chorley are so generous. They have not just given food, they have given money which has been a massive help to us.”

The food bank is continuing to collect donations for the basic food hampers it gives throughout the year to people in Chorley who are in crisis.

Donations can be made at Living Waters Church from 10am to 2pm on Tuesdays and Fridays.