Cash boost for food banks as families start to struggle

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Food banks will share a cash boost of £113,000 to help them cope with increased demand in Derbyshire.

The county council approved the funding and is also supporting appeals to encourage people to donate or volunteer for the 20 food banks.

Some libraries and council buildings will also become food collection points. The help was announced ahead of January 20, the date before pay-day when people are said to be struggling the most with post-Christmas bills.

Coun Dave Allen, cabinet member for health and communities, said: “Our aim is to make sure help gets through to the most vulnerable residents and we will do everything we can to continue our support through this particularly difficult time and for as long as people need it.”