By Abigail Reed & Jodi Law: A church in Stoke-on-Trent is accepting donations as it prepares to launch a food bank in May.
Wesley Hall in Sneyd Green will be distributing emergency food supplies for struggling families in the area.
Residents will be referred to the church through social workers, doctors and other professionals to collect their supplies.
The scheme’s founder Ron Willoughby explained: “A report came out nationally that said in the next ten years there will be a million more children living below the poverty line. When we’re talking about the poverty line we aren’t talking about having the newest DS or Wii game – we’re talking about children who are going to sleep cold and hungry, and waking up cold and hungry.”
Food parcels will feature enough ingredients to last three days.
Tamsin Boden, a volunteer at the church, told StaffsLive: “People can donate tinned fruit and vegetables, tinned meat and dry foods such as rice and noodles.”
People can leave donations at Wesley Hall church in Sneyd Green.