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 go in to the office in Skelmersdale for a voucher.

Opening times as follows, which are also detailed on the reverse of the Red Food Bank Voucher.

Monday: Ecumenical Centre, WN8 6LU. Opening Hours as from 25th May new trial opening times will be 10-12pm.

Wednesday: Trinity Methodist Church, 93 High Street, Skelmersdale, WN8 8AT. Opening Hours 10:00-12:00.

Thursday: Ecumenical Centre WN8 6LU. Opening Hours as from 25th May new trial opening times will be 10-12pm.

Friday: OAK House, 6 Elmridge, Skelmersdale, Lancashire, WN8 6DD who will accept either White or Red vouchers.  Opening times are 12:00- 2:00 ONLY.

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,
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,
Kingsfold Drive,

Opening hours:

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

Chorley – please ask for a referral voucher from Chorley office.

1. Living waters Store House (food bank).

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

Opening hours: 

Tuesday & Friday 10am-2.00pm.

Storehouse Phone: 07889 757045 / Email:

2. Chorley Help the Homeless.

Dorothy House,
45 Clifford Street,
PR7 1SE.


Emergency Food Bank and toiletries parcels. Sleeping bags, clothes, bedding and start up household supplies.

Information on housing and benefits related issues, advocacy and representation.

Talk therapy counseling.

Coffee in Kind scheme, in partnership with Woodchats Coffee Shop.

Telephone: 01257 273 320 / Email:

Opening hours: 

Monday , Tuesday and Thursday 9.30am – 2.00pm.
Friday – 9.30am – 1.00pm.
(Closed Weds).

3. St Laurence’s Church.

St Laurence’s Parish,
Union St,
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,
(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.

5. St Peter’s Church.

Harpers Lane,
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,
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)

Contact the parish office: 01257 262 537 / Email:

Wyreplease request a referral voucher from Wyre Citizens Advice office.

Food bank is open -Wednesdays only 10am-2.30pm

Citizens Advice Wyre office in Fleetwood is open on Tuesday and Thursday.

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