Foodbanks and meals
Residents of Lancashire who are struggling can turn to independent, not-for-profit food banks and churches, to get support with food parcels and or meals.
If you need food in an emergency (same day/next day), you may need to approach one of the organisations who do not require a referral, as some centres who require a referral, are now only open on certain days for collection.
Most organisations have websites and some have Facebook pages with the most up to date information on and you will need to check for any restrictions around COVID-19.
For any centres that require a referral from us, we will need to ask you personal questions about your living arrangements, your income, ages of children and if you have any pets.
If you need a food parcel from an organisation that requires a referral, please contact us on 0808 278 7880 (Mon to Fri 9am to 5pm) and leave a voicemail, or send an email enquiry and an assessor will call you back, usually within one day.
Blackburn Foodbank (Citizens Advice referral required)
Residents can get in touch directly, but Blackburn Foodbank will put the resident in touch with a referral agency to make the referral. Check the website for current arrangements around collection/delivery.
Darwen Food Larder
We are currently operating normally.
Emergency food packages are available on a call and collect system.
To request food:
Call: 01254 705120
Living Waters Storehouse (Citizens Advice referral required)
Living Waters Church,
33-45 Bolton Street,
Opening hours: Tuesday & Friday 10am-2.00pm
Please note:– our policy is 4 referrals per year per household, with a gap of at least 4 weeks in between each one. Where possible, please encourage people to bring their own bags when collecting food parcels.
Chorley Help the Homeless
45 Clifford Street,
St Laurence’s Church
St Laurence’s Parish,
Opening hours: Monday and Tuesday, food is served at 5pm. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, food is served at 1pm.
Chorley United Reformed Church
Opening hours: Open Kitchen provides a meal for anyone who needs it every Thursday evening from 5 – 6pm run in partnership with Chorley Help the Homeless.
Please note:– ‘Need’ is broadly defined, anyone who needs a meal or needs a meal in company for any reason is welcome. Throughout the Covid 19 crisis, we are also distributing pizza provided by Chorley Domino’s on a Wednesday evening at 5pm, also on a takeaway basis.
St Peter’s Church (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.
St Mary’s Roman Catholic Church
Opening hours: Tues – Fri 9.00 – 1.00pm (except Mass times), 2.00 – 5.00pm – OUTSIDE THESE TIMES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
They have a limited food supply but are happy to try and help people in crisis. Contact the parish office: 01257 262 537
St. Mary’s Church
Opening hours: Food parcels are available for the needy for any reason between 10 – 12 Monday to Thursday
Run from St. Mary’s Church with support (food and helpers) from our other CTL churches. This provides food parcels for the needy.
Anyone can go to the presbytery building (walk past the front of the round church to the building facing the road) at St. Mary’s Leyland (on Broadfield Drive) and just ring the bell on the front door. Food parcels are available for the needy for any reason between 10 – 12 Monday to Thursday as that is when the volunteers who run the food bank are there. The food bank is run on behalf of all the Leyland churches from St. Mary’s, anyone can go and won’t have to see a priest or anything.
Penwortham Community Centre
Opening hours: Fridays – 9.30am to 12pm.
New Day Church, Lostock Hall (Citizens Advice referral required)
Opening hours: Church building is open to accept donations Monday-Thursday 9am – 1pm. (We currently deliver on a Tuesday and Thursday)
Covering Lostock Hall, Penwortham, Bamber Bridge, Clayton Brook and leyland. If referrals are received by Tuesday, New Day will try to add client’s to the Thursday delivery list.
Brownedge Christians Together Foodbank
Priory of St Mary’s Brownedge Church,
Bamber Bridge ,
Opening hours: Food parcels are available once a week. Currently delivery only due to Covid restrictions on Mondays or Fridays.
They can help those living in Bamber Bridge, Walton le Dale, Lostock Hall and Clayton le Woods.
You can self-refer by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: 07896 245910
We can also refer you if you need further help but this is not necessary. They will offer help as a one-off or a food parcel once a week for up to 2 weeks. After 2 weeks they will ask for proof of benefits.
Ormskirk Foodbank (Citizens Advice referral required)
We are re-opening our collection service from New Church House on Tuesday 18th May 2021.
This will be a collection only service for clients. Our hours will be slightly shorter to allow for cleaning measures: Tuesdays and Fridays 11 am to 1.45 pm.
We hope to return to a service similar to that before Coronavirus, but there are some significant changes in order for the foodbank to comply with government guidance and enabling New Church House to be a COVID-safe premise. The changes in our operating service with effect from Tuesday 18th May are as follows:
Clients to notify Citizens Advice of any dietary requirements when requesting the food parcel.
Clients to wear a face covering. Hand sanitiser should be used on entering the foodbank; which will be provided.
Clients to arrive between 11 am and 1.30 pm.
We will not be able to amend the contents of the food parcel on the day, and clients will have to take the whole bags.
Skelmersdale Foodbank (Citizens Advice referral required)
Residents can get in touch directly, but Skelmersdale Foodbank will put the resident in touch with a referral agency to make the referral. Check the website for current arrangements around collection/delivery.
Christmas and New Year 2020 Opening Times are as follows
- Mondays 21st and 28th December – deliveries from the Ecumenical Centre
- Tuesdays 22nd and 29th December – collection from Oak House
- Wednesdays 23rd and 30th December – collection from Trinity
- Everything closed 24th/25th/31st December and 1st January
- Back to normal week starting 4th January
We will be making food parcels slightly larger than normal during Christmas week and New Year week
Please note: (when requesting a referral)
Our sticking point currently and going forward is our delivery capacity. We need as many people as possible to collect their parcels from Oak House or Trinity. They can cope with an increase in numbers, whereas deliveries cannot. We have to prioritise our limited deliveries for people who have Covid19 reasons for needing a delivery, and other extraordinary reasons that can occur, disability or childcare for example. We only went to delivery because of the first lockdown and it will be our intention to return to collection only when circumstances allow
The Mustard Seed Group
St Peter’s Church,
Opening hours: Every Monday Night From 6.30pm – 9.30pm
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.
The Pantry (Former Fleetwood Hospital)
Tel: 07467 498406
Food parcel hotline: 01253 774313
Fleetwood Together provides emergency support with food during the current Coronavirus pandemic.
Wyre Borough Council
Opening hours: Complete their request for support form to seek help or phone them on 01253 891000
WBC have support in place for local residents who are in need of support and don’t have anyone to turn to.