When the crisis first hit Lancaster City Council quickly recognised that it would push more people into food poverty and make it impossible for others to access food so they formed a working partnership with Morecambe Foodbank. They set up an emergency hub at the Salt Ayre Leisure Centre to co-ordinate and deliver emergency food parcels to vulnerable people across the district.
Councillor Dr Erica Lewis, leader of Lancaster City Council, said: “As a society, we have a duty to protect our most vulnerable members. We know that this public health crisis has made it increasingly difficult for people to access food, particularly those who were already struggling to make ends meet. This makes the work of food banks, food clubs and food projects across the district even more important.
“As a council we have a duty to be at the forefront of the response and have set aside £1million to support vulnerable people, through our partners in the voluntary, community and faith sector. We’re very pleased to be working with Morecambe Bay Foodbank, and other local charities and organisations, to get help to where it’s needed during this difficult time.”