Help is to be offered to people using Corby’s food bank to tackle the issues which may have led them there.
Corby Council has set up an information desk at the food bank to help those most in need to get the relevant support and advice as quickly as possible.
When some families struggle with finances, the town’s food bank provides them with emergency food and support.
They may have had to turn to the food bank due to low income, redundancy, a sudden crisis or an unexpected bill and the council wants to ensure they have all the help they need to overcome these issues.
The information desk will be open on Tuesdays from 1.30pm to 3pm and Fridays from 11.30am to 1pm, helping with issues including advice on benefits or homelessness and directing people to the relevant organisations who will be able to help them with other issues.
Corby mayor Anthony Dady, who is supporting the food bank throughout his year in office as one of his chosen charities, said: “There are a lot of services that the council can provide to further help people who use the food bank and it is really fitting that the two services are offered together.”
Louise Taylor, manager of the Corby food bank, said: “We have already had a number of clients who have been able to get issues dealt with more quickly from the council’s information desk.
“We have found that it has been really helpful through offering our clients expert knowledge and advice which has been invaluable.”