A GROUP of volunteers are hoping to set up a food pantry in South Normanton to help local residents struggling to make ends meet.
The group is hoping to launch the organisation within the next month, which will support not just villagers in South Normanton, but also people in the surrounding areas of North East Derbyshire, Amber Valley and Nottinghamshire.
South Normanton resident Rose Bulfin, secretary of the Food Pantry’s committee, explained: “It is for anybody who is struggling.
“It’s not just those unemployed who are struggling but married couples sometimes find themselves in that position.”
She added: “It would be a vital part of the community.
“There is a great need.”
The Food Pantry would rely on donations from individuals and companies.
It would use agents such as social workers, job centres and the probation service, who would provide food vouchers to those who need help.
They could then use these to claim an emergency food parcel, containing enough food for three days.
The volunteers received a boost recently after South Normanton Parish Council agreed to let them use The PostMill community centre for distribution.
They hope to open the Food Pantry at The PostMill on Saturdays.
Donations of food should be taken to The PostMill. To make a monetary donation, call Ms Bulfin on 01773 819414.