Food banks in Ashfield that help people struggling to eat have been given a vital £10,000 cash boost.
Ashfield District Council have donated the cash to Mary’s Foodbank, Salvation Army Care and Share Shop Food Bank and Zion Baptist Church Emergency Food Bank.
Councillors at the Sutton Area Committee Meeting decided to allocate grant funds to help local food banks that support scores of people each week.
Mary’s Food Bank - at St Mary’s Church, Church Avenue, Sutton, was allocated £5,020 plus £846.51 from ward councillors which, on top of this £3,510 allocated to them in December, makes a total amount of £9,376.51.
Salvation Army Care and Share Shop Food Bank were awarded £1,000, whilst the Zion Baptist Church Emergency Food Bank also received £1,000.
A council spokeswoman said: “Members of the Sutton Area Committee welcomed the work of all three food banks.
“They felt it important that as many people as possible should be helped by them and as such agreed that any remaining funding should be allocated to the Mary’s Foodbank that provides support and weekly food bank parcels to feed between 75-145 people each week.”
Eric Saxton, resources and funding manager for the food bank said: “It’s wonderful and we are so grateful to the council and councillors donating such a large amount of money.
“It will do a lot of good for a lot of people who are worse off than many.”
The food bank is open every Friday from 1.30pm until 3pm.
Donations can be made to the church from 11.30am until 3pm - or dropped off in the Idlewells shopping centre in the red box near Specsavers.