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
L39 3RD

Phone: 07748 951274

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

Changes in operating service are as follows:

  • Providing pre-packed food bank parcels that can be handed out quickly
  • Handing out parcels to people who come to the food bank at the front door
  • Stopping wraparound support and services, like a cup of tea, cake and chat – I know these
    are the things that make us who we are, but we must put these to one side to ensure the
    safety of everyone who needs our help during this time
  • It may be necessary to either close a centre or change our opening times. Please
    check Facebook and our website for any changes:

The Ecumenical Centre


Opening hours:

11 am to 1.00 pm Mondays
10 am to 12 pm Thursdays

Phone: 07989 052 832

Oak House

6 Elmridge

Opening hours:

12 pm to 2.00 pm Fridays

Phone: 07989 052 832

Trinity Methodist Church

High Street

Opening hours:

10 am to 12.00 pm Wednesdays

Phone: 07989 052 832

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.


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 continue to be open but are following a 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.

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

Opening hours: 

Tuesday & Friday 10am-2.00pm.

2. Chorley Help the Homeless.

Dorothy House,
45 Clifford Street,
PR7 1SE.


“It is with a heavy heart and in light of the latest message from the government that we have taken the decision to suspend all of our services.

The latest government declaration on Mon 23rd March has introduced even stricter social distancing measures and shutdown of most businesses and services, for 3 weeks pending review.

We will use these 3 weeks to plan a way of opening our foodbank again, with the volunteers we have available, in a way that can protect our customers and volunteers as much as possible for the months ahead.

Please keep checking the posts in our window for updates, or check our, and Facebook group:

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

Telephone: 01257 273 320 / Email:

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:


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

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