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Families across Chorley have benefitted from over £6,000 of food vouchers to help those struggling throughout the pandemic and in the run up to Christmas.

Thanks to the incredible supporters of Inspire Youth Zone and recent funding from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, the Chorley based charity has been working closely with a variety of partners to ensure those children and families who may be under serious financial strain or have experienced a sudden loss of income due to the pandemic, can still access the food support they need over the festive period.

Working in partnership with 12 local primary and high schools to mobilise the initiative, the youth zone prides itself on helping to look after the health and wellbeing of children and young people across the borough and strongly believe that food is a major part of that.

In addition to the vouchers, Inspire has gifted over 240 boxes of chocolates and free Inspire annual charity memberships to families. The vouchers are being distributed throughout December. Inspire also plans to distribute a further £6,000 to families mid-January.

Inspire Youth Zone CEO Janine Blythe – who joined Ryan Powell, Head of Youth Work – to distribute the vouchers said:

“We know this year has been difficult for many and since the pandemic struck we have seen a significant increase in the number of families experiencing food poverty across the borough. With the added pressures around Christmas we need to help those who risk going hungry amid the coronavirus pandemic.

We would like to extend our sincere thanks to all those who have helped make this possible including our wonderful supporters, the many schools who have done an incredible job throughout the year helping children and their families and the wonderful agencies across ‘Chorley Together’ who collectively have come together to direct support where it’s needed most.”

The distribution of food vouchers is the Youth Zone’s latest initiative to help hungry families during the pandemic. Their other projects have also included the delivery of food parcels, holiday packed lunches and pre-cooked family meals and delivering over 1,200 bags of personalised shopping to vulnerable and shielding members of the community.

If you would like to find out more about Inspire Youth Zone or help its work across the community with a festive donation visit: www.inspireyouthzone.org/fundraise-for-inspire/donate/