A JOINT effort provided 250 families provided with healthy food hampers during February half-term

Blackburn with Darwen Council- in partnership with the Thomas Franks Foundation, Westholme School, and Community Business Partners - delivered the parcels of provisions to homes,

The food parcels enabled local families to cook healthy, substantial meals with enough food for the week.

Each parcel contained fresh fruit and veg as well as tinned and dry ingredients. They also included recipe suggestions.

The hampers were made up by members of the Thomas Franks team, senior staff at Westholme School, and key worker children during their lunch breaks.

Blackburn with Darwen Food Resilience Alliance helped Blackburn with Darwen Help Hub collect, pack, and deliver the food.

Alliance chair, Cllr Jackie Floyd, said: “It is more important than ever to have nutritious, healthy food during the colder winter months, and even more important to help people keep healthy during the current pandemic."

The winter box scheme will continue to be delivered until the Easter Holidays.

Frank Bothwell, founder of Thomas Franks Ltd, said: “This is a fantastic initiative."