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Extra drop-off points have been launched in Ilkeston to boost lifeline donations to the town’s food bank.

The new food bank collection points have been introduced by Derbyshire County Council to make it easier to donate.

In Ilkeston people can now donate at the town library in the Market Place and at council offices in Mercian Close.

In Long Eaton, people can donate at the library in Tamworth Road.

People can drop off food from an approved list of items which will be shared out to those in need. The food bank in Ilkeston is run by the Arena Church on Rutland Street and has a base in Belfield Street.In Long Eaton the food bank is at Christ Church in Derby Road.

The ‘Tiser launched a Feed Our Families campaign last year following an increase in people using food banks in Ilkeston.

Lisa Harrison, who runs the Arena food bank, said: “The demand is always bigger than the amount of donations - we never have enough. We were struggling this week but fortunately we sold some furniture to the furniture bank.”

She added that donations had doubled since the ‘Tiser’s campaign.

“I think what’s been a big change is that the Advertiser has made people aware that it wasn’t just going to people on benefits. It’s also for the working man that’s just been made redundant,” she said.

The county council’s cabinet member for health and communities, Cllr Dave Allen said: “Food banks are facing increasing pressure as more people turn to them for help due to the rising cost of living, low incomes, delays or changes to benefits and unemployment.”