A charity is to launch a new food bank to support people in the Kettering area.
KCU, which provides free education and training to those who are unwaged or on low wages, will have its food bank affiliated to the Trussell Trust.
The charity hopes the work it does already alongside the unemployed and the low waged can help those who make use of their food bank to widen their opportunities.
KCU chief executive Paul Jackson said: “We feel it’s another strand to our activity.
“KCU celebrates 30 years in the community this year. We are now very much a community charity.
“We also want to ensure that we support people who are not being supported currently, because there’s an embarrassment about having to go to a food bank if you are working but going through a bad time.
“One of our main opportunities is to encourage people to utilise the free work skills, education and training courses we provide to widen their opportunity for paid employment and help break the cycle of food bank dependency.”
KCU has worked alongside organisations including the Teamwork Trust and the Prince’s Trust to help get the project off the ground.
Ten volunteers aged 16 and 17 from the latter last month spruced up the food bank’s new hub, and Mr Jackson said: “The Prince’s Trust have been a big supporter of the charity.
“They helped us refurbish our chairty shop and now they are doing the same with the food bank.”
The KCU foodbank is the second to be set up in Kettering, with the existing one run by the St Jude’s Community Project in Northampton Road.
But Mr Jackson insisted the new food bank would not be in competition with the existing one.
He said: “We have both got the same goals, and there are many towns with more than one food bank.”
But Dave Goddard, from St Jude’s Community Project, said he was not convinced there was the need for a second food bank in the town, adding that he had noticed a recent decrease in the numbers visiting the food bank.
He said: “We are slightly baffled as to why there is the need to set up another one in Kettering.”
He added that St Jude’s would continue to provide the same service to its clients, saying: “We are flourishing and we have plenty of food to give away.”
But Mr Goddard did not dismiss the KCU’s establishment of a second food bank in Kettering, saying: “Anything that will help more people can only be a good thing.”