High Peak foodbanks have been given a boost after Derbyshire County Council gave the green light for collection boxes to be placed in its libraries, offices and other public buildings.
Anyone visiting county council-owned buildings can now make a donation to the borough’s foodbanks, which can then be passed on to those in need.
Paul Bohan, High Peak Foodbank Co-ordinator, said: “This is community partnership working in action.
“People can donate in their local library in the knowledge that the donation will go to their local foodbank in Buxton, New Mills or Glossop.”
High Peak Foodbank is currently working with local communities to set up emergency food provision in other areas like Chapel-en-le-Frith, Whaley Bridge and the Hope Valley.
Paul added: “We want to make sure that if anyone in the High Peak has a crisis situation that leads to food poverty, help is available nearby.”
And Lizzie Walton, Buxton Foodbank Co-ordinator, added: “The sort of food we need includes things like tinned meat, vegetables and puddings, and also UHT milk, pasta sauce and other items that have a long shelf life.
“It’s great that the libraries are supporting foodbanks in this way, we hope people will be generous.”
Libraries in Tideswell, Buxton, Whaley Bridge, Bakewell and Chapel donate to High Peak Foodbank in Buxton while New Mills and Hayfield libraries donate to Helping Hands Foodbank in New Mills and Glossop library gives to the Bare Necessities Foodbank (Glossopdale).
For a list of Derbyshire County Council food donation points, see www.derbyshire.gov.uk/foodbanks.