PENKRIDGE residents living in poverty or struggling to afford food because of rocketing costs of living can get help from a new food bank.
The centre will open at Penkridge Methodist Church every Monday from 2- 4pm to provide vital help to those in need.
The service is part of the Cannock and District Food Bank, which is run by a group of churches, charities and voluntary organisations in the area.
It operates banks at 11 centres throughout Cannock Chase but has now joined forces with groups in South Staffordshire to spread the service wider.
Food is donated by individuals, schools, churches and businesses, and vouchers are given out to those in need by a range of professionals, such as doctors, health visitors, social workers and teachers.
Residents can get a supply of food for three days and there is even a delivery service which takes emergency food boxes to clients in rural areas.
There are food banks operating in a number of areas, including at the Signpost centres in Stafford and Stone and the House of Bread charity, which provides a drop-in evening meal every Wednesday evening at Trinity Church, Stafford, and food bags.
Penkridge Parish Council has welcomed the food bank plans for the village.
But Councillor John McPheat said: “I think the food bank is a great idea but a sad reflection of the times we live in.”
Organisers are also on the look-out for more organisations who might be interested in acting as voucher providers to ensure more people do not go without.
They also want to hear from any volunteers who could help sort the food ready
Leaflets have been put in the Haling
Dene Centre for anyone interested in get- ting involved. Anyone who can help should call the Cannock and District Food Bank on 01543 422394.