Food Banks

Lancashire Food Banks

Families on a low income in Lancashire can turn to independent, not-for-profit food banks.

Some centres also provide numerous services to individuals in an emergency or in poverty, including hot meals, free food, and even the delivery of items from organisations such as RAFT.

There are two types of food banks in the Lancashire area.

They include churches, as independent charity groups.

The main locations are shown below.

Depending on donations, the sites will have parcels of tinned meats or fruits.

Other items may be fresh vegetables, baby nappies, or some churches also have soup kitchens with a free hot lunch or breakfast.

The hours of each centre also vary.


West Lancashire

Please contact the Telephone Gateway Service on 0344 245 1294 Mon to Fri 9am to 5pm and leave a voicemail or send an email enquiry and an assessor will call you back.

To get the help you need, you will need a referral from us and a foodbank voucher.


1. Ormskirk Foodbank

Coronavirus Update from Ormskirk Foodbank:

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on 23rd March, and after very careful consideration, it was decided that it is no longer safe to distribute food parcels from New Church House.

Therefore, our distribution centre will be closed until further notice.

We know there are vulnerable clients who need our help and we are working hard to establish alternative arrangements that will enable us to reach them whilst working within government guidelines and ensuring everyone’s safety.

We are considering options around e-referrals and delivery of emergency food parcels.

We will keep our referral partners informed once these arrangements are in place or indeed if anything else changes in the meantime.

New Church House

Church Street
Ormskirk
Lancashire
L39 3RD

Phone: 07748 951274
Email: info@ormskirk.foodbank.org.uk
Website: ormskirk.foodbank.org.uk


2. Skelmersdale Foodbanks (ONLY accepting referrals for those who are unable to afford food)

Changes in operating service are as follows:

  • Oaks and Trinity are currently closed, and we are only operating at Ecumenical Centre,
    behind closed doors. We deliver currently on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings,
    and whilst we cannot guarantee any specific delivery day, we currently have
    100% record of delivering a parcel at the next delivery day after referral.
  • If you are a client, you can obtain e-vouchers directly yourself by telephoning the numbers on this website listed under the relevant locations. As has always been, our organisation is for people who cannot afford food at a point in time, and that remains our referral criteria.
  • If you are a referral agency, please note that we cannot take red vouchers currently,and instead are issuing e-vouchers. To refer to us, you can issue a red voucher
    yourselves on our data system, or, perhaps easier,email our dedicated email address of
    delivery@skelmersdale.foodbank.org.uk, and please include all the details that are on a red voucher,
    with the addition of any special requirements i.e. pet food, nappies, feminine hygiene products AND most important, a client telephone number which we will only use to contact the client in regards to the delivery of their food parcel, and if the clients reason for not being able to afford food is Covid19 related.
  • It may be necessary to either close a centre or change our opening times. Please check Facebook and our website for any changes: www.skelmersdale.foodbank.org

The Ecumenical Centre

Northway
Skelmersdale
WN8 6LU

Opening hours:

Currently operating behind closed doors.

Phone: 07989 052 832
Email: info@skelmersdale.foodbank.org.uk
Website: skelmersdale.foodbank.org.uk


Oak House

6 Elmridge
Skelmersdale
WN8 6DD

Opening hours:

Currently Closed

Phone: 07989 052 832
Email: info@skelmersdale.foodbank.org.uk
Website: skelmersdale.foodbank.org.uk


Trinity Methodist Church

High Street
Skelmersdale
WN8 8AF

Opening hours:

Currently Closed

Phone: 07989 052 832
Email: info@skelmersdale.foodbank.org.uk
Website: skelmersdale.foodbank.org.uk


South Ribble – You will not need a voucher for these.

Run by the St. Vincent de Paul Society at St. Mary’s Church.

1. St. Mary’s Church

Broadfield Drive,
Leyland,
PR25 1PD

Opening hours:

Monday to Friday: 10am-12pm – Anyone can go to the presbytery building (walk past the front of the round church) at St. Mary’s Leyland (on Broadfield Drive) and just ring the bell on the front door.


2. Penwortham Community Centre.

No referral needed but only pre-packed emergency parcels available.
Access clearly marked. Check their facebook page for up-to-date information during the Coronavirus crisis.

Kingsfold Drive,
Penwortham,
Preston,
PR1 9EQ

Opening hours:

Fridays: 9.30am to 12pm. Drop in service operating.


Chorley

1. Living waters Store House (food bank).

Please contact the Telephone Gateway Service on 0344 245 1294 Mon to Fri 9am to 5pm and leave a voicemail or send an email enquiry and an assessor will call you back.

Corona Virus Update:

WE WILL BE CLOSED ON FRIDAY 10TH APRIL 2020 AND FRIDAY 8TH MAY 2020.

Please note: Those collecting parcels must have a document/driving licence/other form of ID with their name on it to confirm their identity

Collection of the food parcel can be made any Tuesday or Friday between 10.00-13.30.

Please note:– our policy is 4 referrals per year per household, with a gap of at least 4 weeks in between each one

Corona Virus Update: We continue to be open but are following strict protocol for limiting social interaction.  As such people will be offered a take-away meal with their parcel collection.

If people have symptoms of the virus, please ensure someone else collects it on their behalf, and include details of this on the referral.

Where possible, please encourage people to bring their own bags when collecting food parcels.

Living Waters Church,
33-45 Bolton Street,
Chorley,
PR7 3AB.

Opening hours: 

Tuesday & Friday 10am-2.00pm.


2. Chorley Help the Homeless.

Dorothy House,
45 Clifford Street,
Chorley,
PR7 1SE.

***** IMPORTANT. ***** OPENING WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAYS ***** DELIVERY SERVICE ***** REACHING OUT TO FAMILIES HIT BY CORONAVIRUS LOCKDOWN

Despite the limitations imposed by social distancing we have been able to maintain our food distribution from our small terrace building in the centre of Chorley. We have also worked with other agencies in the town who are offering meals at this very difficult time.

We have become aware, however, that the need for support with food, toiletries and cleaning products is growing as an increasing number of families are finding themselves short of money for food due to losing their jobs and other circumstances, including a breakdown in the school food voucher system for children in need. Some of these families are at risk of homelessness due to difficulties finding money for rents and mortgages or are going hungry.

Chorley Help The Homeless is set up to support those who are homeless (in the broadest sense of that term) but also to prevent homelessness. We are therefore undertaking a new initiative to reach out to those who are struggling at the current time but who would not normally think of coming to us for help.

***** We will be working hard through social media and other agencies to get the message out that we are here to help.

***** We will also extend our opening times to add ‪Wednesday morning‬ (starting May 13th) as well as ‪Thursday morning‬ and improve ways for people to contact us for help.

***** We will also set up a delivery service to those who are unable to come to us to collect food.

IF YOU ARE IN NEED PLEASE CONTACT US.

IF YOU ARE AWARE OF FAMILIES THAT COULD BENEFIT FROM OUR HELP, PLEASE LET THEM KNOW ABOUT THIS.

PLEASE SHARE THIS SO THE MESSAGE GETS TO THOSE WHO ARE IN NEED OF SUPPORT AT THIS VERY DIFFICULT  TIME.

CONTACTS US BY EMAIL (‪reception@chth.org.uk‬) OR BY PHONE  (‪01257 273320‬) OR DROP A NOTE THROUGH OUR LETTERBOX (‪45 Clifford Street‬, opposite Macdonalds).

Please let us have name, address, phone number, number of people in household, any special needs, whether delivery required or able to collect at an agreed time.

Please keep checking the posts in our window for updates, or check our website: chth.org.uk, and Facebook group: facebook.com/ChorleyHTH

Thank you for bearing with us at this difficult time, and please stay safe.


3. St Laurence’s Church.

St Laurence’s Parish,
Union St,
Chorley,
PR7 1EB 

Opening hours: 

Friday & Saturday: #watchUsgrow at St Laurences every Friday1.30 – 3.00pm and Saturday 1.30 – 3.00pm (Saturday is directed at families only).

Free meal:

St Laurence’s Church Refectory is open for FREE evening meal between 5.30pm and 6.30pm every MONDAY.

Please just drop in or call for more information either Anne in the Parish office on 01257 231 360, or Betty on 01257 279 983.


4. Chorley United Reformed Church.

Hollinshead Street,
Chorley,
PR7 1EP
(Entry from Byron Street or Hollinshead Street).

Opening hours: 

Each Tuesday afternoon between 5pm and 6pm the church opens its doors to offer hot, home made soup, bread and a cup of tea to those in need.

An Open Kitchen runs every Thursday between 5 – 6pm for a free evening meal for all the family.

For more details, contact Brenda on 01257 266 024 of Rachel on 01257 426 328.

Also:

Each Wednesday between 5pm – 6pm Domino Pizza are donating 50 slices of pizza

Hopefully around 25 people – 2 slices each


5. St Peter’s Church.

Harpers Lane,
Chorley,
PR6 0DX,
(In the church meeting room).

Opening hours: 

Every 2nd Wednesday of the month at 12 noon, the church extends an invitation to meet and eat with others. All are welcome and they just ask for a contribution of £3.00 for a 3 course meal.

For further details, contact: Anne Forrest on 01257 426 328.


6. St Mary’s Roman Catholic Church.

Mount Pleasant,
Chorley,
PR7 2SR.

They have a limited food supply but are happy to try and help people in crisis.

Opening hours: 

Tues – Fri 9.00 – 1.00pm (except Mass times)
2.00 – 5.00pm OUTSIDE THESE TIMES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.

Contact the parish office: 01257 262 537 / Email: stmaryschorley@yahoo.co.uk


Wyre

1. The Mustard Seed Group

The Mustard Seed Group is an outreach service that offers a hot meal/sandwiches/tea/coffee and advice that is brought by Add Action and J2r and other self-help associations.

It’s held at St Peter’s Church, Lord Street, Fleetwood, Lancashire, FY7 6DX
Every Monday Night From 6.30pm – 9.30pm


Blackburn with Darwen

1. Blackburn Foodbank

CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC:
As of Monday the 23rd March Blackburn foodbank will ONLY be accepting referrals via phone, email or the ‘online voucher’ system (e-referral).

If you have a referral call the foodbank centre with your N or E voucher code. Your voucher will then be processed over the phone and your food will be delivered.

Red Vouchers are no longer valid.

You will need to be at your residence to accept the food, as food will neither be left if you are not there, nor will a second delivery be attempted.

Voucher Holders can still access the foodbank centre and will still be able to pick up and deliver the food if that is your preference and it is safe to do so.

Phone:01254 672 756
Email: info@blackburn.foodbank.org.uk
Website: blackburn.foodbank.org.uk