FOOD banks in Derbyshire are being invited to apply for more than £100,000 of funding from Derbyshire County Council to help people on low incomes buy food.
Between 2012 and 2013 food banks fed 346,992 people across the country, including 126,889 children and Derbyshire has 14 food banks run by charities and non-profit organisations that distribute food parcels to those who are most in need.
the authority is inviting the organisations to apply for a share of £108,000 to help them respond to the increasing demand.
Cabinet member for health and communities Councillor Dave Allen said: “Many of the most vulnerable people in our communities are living on the verge of crisis because of the scale of national cuts.
“This winter many families and older people will be faced with the appalling decision of whether to heat or eat. That’s why we are providing extra funds to help food banks offer emergency support wherever it’s needed.”
To receive a food parcel, people need to be referred to a food bank from children’s centres, GPs, schools or the Police.