A food bank is being set up in Wisbech to help families and individuals who are struggling in the tough economic climate.
A meeting is being held on Wednesday, January 16, to discuss the project and an open invitation is being extended to anyone who is interested in getting involved.
The project is being launched by Churches Together in Wisbech but the initiative will be open to anyone in need of short term crisis support.
Keith Aplin, chair of Wisbech Churches Together, said: “At the most recent meeting of Churches Together, three different people raised the issue of people in Wisbech being without food. A couple of clergy know of families who have been made redundant, there are lots of migrants here. Benefit changes can also leave some families less well off. When benefits change, quite often it takes a while for the new system to catch up.
“These are people that fall through the net. They can live rather chaotic lives and aren’t registered for benefits and other help.”
Churches Together has been working with the Trussell Trust, an organisation that runs food banks across the country, who have provided advice and support.
There are already schemes in place locally to provide soup and food parcels, from locations including the Salvation Army, Baptist Church, Rosmini Centre and Ferry Project.
But it is hoped this initiative will centralise efforts and provide help for anyone who needs it. It could also be opened up to nearby villages.
The scheme will work on a voucher system and people will need to be referred. Each voucher will enable the recipient to receive a food parcel three times, although people can be re-referred.
The public meeting will be held at 7pm on Wednesday, January 16 at the Salvation Army Headquarters, John Thompson Road, Wisbech.
Anyone who can help with food or accommodation is particularly welcomed.
Anyone who can also make a donation of soup, please take tins to Wisbech Baptist Church, in Hill Street, to be used in their weekly soup kitchen on Monday mornings.