HIGH Peak Citizens Advice Bureau have shown their support for the countywide Eat and Heat campaign by opening a food donation point at their office in Buxton.
They will be able to accept donations of non-perishable items, such as tinned food and dry goods, between 10am and 2pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Steve Minter, Bureau Manager, said: “Many people in Derbyshire are facing a difficult choice of whether to heat their homes or eat, and we’ve seen a real increase in demand for food parcels from those struggling to make ends meet.
“We’re aware of the great work being undertaken by food banks and other schemes. We’re keen to support this.”
The choice between adequate heating at home or eating properly is a sad reality for some people. A number of charitable food bank schemes have sprung up to meet this need across the county. They exist to provide the food and the support that people suffering real hardship need.
Kris Ambler, Eat and Heat Campaign manager at Advice Derbyshire, said: “By working together we can make sure more people get the help they so desperately need.”
The campaign has developed an online search tool which includes detailed information on food banks across the county, and aims to create a number of donation points within advice centres.
Advice Derbyshire will then coordinate the distribution of these donations to food banks.
Buxton CAB is at 26 Spring Gardens, Buxton, SK17 6DE.
A list of food banks can be found at www.advicederbyshire.org/foodbanks.asp