Cash boost to help food bank ventures

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Every food bank across Derbyshire has been invited to apply for council funding to help them feed struggling families.

Derbyshire County Council has set aside £108,000 to help food banks provide emergency parcels to residents and families who are facing financial difficulties.

In Derbyshire there are currently 17 food banks run by charities and non-profit organisations, including in Killamarsh and Chesterfield.

The county council has now written to each of the groups inviting them to apply for a share of the funding to help them respond to the increasing local demand.

The deadline is 9am on Thursday, December 5.

Derbyshire County Council cabinet member for health, Coun Dave Allen, said: “We’ve contacted all the food banks in Derbyshire to urge them to apply for a share of this funding.”