Ilkeston’s food bank will be given almost £10,000 to help with running costs as part of a Derbyshire County Council scheme.
The council stepped up its continuing work to support the county’s food bank network ahead of ‘Blue Monday’ – nationally recognised as the date many people rely on support as they struggle with the deadline for settling post-Christmas bills before they have been paid.
The Arena will be given £9,500 to help with running costs and the purchase of equipment.
But the cash can’t be used to buy food so the bank still needs the support of local residents and businesses to keep stock levels up.
The cash will be handed over as part of the authority’s wider commitment to tackling poverty, supporting people on low incomes, reducing health inequalities and protecting the country’s most vulnerable residents.
According to national figures the number of people relying on food banks to survive has tripled over the last year and the Arena community food bank in Ilkeston has handed out more than 150 food parcels in its last four sessions.
The county council has approved £113,000 to help the county’s network of 20 food banks cope with increasing demand.