Week in week out for three years this group of volunteers have been delivering food to families across Blackburn.

Members of the South East Blackburn Community Food Club are based at the Westbury Gardens United Reformed Church and on Monday delivered 132 lunches to children at the start of the half-term.

They were especially keen to spring into action this week after the row over the Government not extending free meals through the holiday which has dominated the news headlines.

Cally Kershaw-Calvert, who has been with the group since the beginning, said: “We deliver to 29 families every Tuesday but this week due to it being half-term we made an extra effort to deliver meals to children. This was enough to last them a whole week.

“The past few months has been busier than normal and during the lockdown earlier in the year we contributed to 160 families in the town during our weekly donations. The food comes from Fareshare in Preston and we have dedicated volunteers who spend most the day first packing and then dropping the food out.

“It is great to be supporting families during this difficult period.”

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FareShare is the UK’s largest charity fighting hunger and stop food from going to waste by redistributing it to frontline charities such as the South East Blackburn Community Food Club.

The group meet at 8.30am and then begin delivering the food once it is loaded and packed at midday.

Cally added: “The team are really dedicated and want to help their community as much as they can. You have commend their efforts and dedication each week.
“We would like to say a big thank you to Westbury Gardens United Reformed Church and all those people who donate towards this cause.We would also like to thank Morrisons Blackburn this week for donating towards the half-term meals.”

Volunteers also include Pamela Kershaw-Calvert, Claire Nelson, Vincent Charnley, Michelle and Anthony Wallis, Betty Makin and Sam Bamber.

For further information or to help you can call 07484 784004.