A food bank has been launched in Corby to help families who are struggling to make ends meet.
The charity, which was officially launched this week, is being operated by churches in the town.
Under the scheme, people who are in need will receive a food voucher which they can exchange for a three-day emergency food parcel.
Frontline care professionals in the town, including family support workers and social workers, have identified a need in the town for the foodbank.
Adam Boud, Corby foodbank director, said: “This week alone we have fed four families. There is a real need for the food bank.
“People seem to be in the most difficulty when their benefits are changed and their payment is delayed. They are then left without enough money to buy food.
“It’s not just people on benefits who need help. We are hearing of people on low wages who are struggling to buy food.
“The charity is being supported by other churches in the town and we hope people will support it by making donations.”
People will be referred to the food bank by care professionals who will issue them with a voucher.
At the foodbank volunteers will be available to help people who need support from other agencies.
Schools, churches, businesses and individuals are being asked to donate non-perishable, in-date food which will be checked and packed ready for people in need.
If you would like to make a donation or want more information about the foodbank call 01536 737588.