Food bank donations have fallen by nearly a quarter as the rising cost of living hits hard.
Farnworth and Kearsley food bank is now running out of food to give to the most vulnerable in the area.
Those who run the charity say they “understand” why donations have fallen, and are asking those less affected by the rise in the cost of living to help.
The food bank has distributed 18,910 meals so far this year and fears that many more people will need the food bank’s support in the coming months.
Farnworth and Kearlsey Foodbank Manager, Mark Whittington, said: “It doesn’t matter where you live, food banks across the country are affected by the rise in the cost of living, national insurance rates and more.
“It’s about people just having less disposable income, which we understand very well.
“We believe people are dealing with higher fuel and energy bills, so you can imagine why donations are falling.
“In the past month, we have started dispensing funds to support essentials for families in need.
“In this way, we have maintained our determination to ‘never send anyone away’.
“However, we had not budgeted for this and we simply cannot continue to do this in the long term.
“We are so grateful for the generosity of local people, businesses and faith groups who continue to donate food and money to people in crisis.
“We would like to see anyone who may be less affected by the cost of living crisis consider donating food or money.
“Even one item when you go shopping would be much appreciated.”
The food bank is ‘desperately’ in need of dry foods such as canned fruit, canned meat, non-perishable fruit juice, rice pudding, coffee and canned tomatoes.
Details on where donations can be made can be found here: https://farnworthkearsley.foodbank.org.uk/give-help/