A NEW non-profit charity helping to feed those living in poverty is growing at ‘lightning speed’ in the town.

Neighbourhood Food Larder began operating from two locations from the start of July and is now looking at a third premises to offer free food.

The volunteer-run charity is also raising money to support children with disabilities including autism and ADHD by holding raffles and face painting at local events.

And this is only the beginning of their work in Warrington, according to founder and volunteer David Jones.

“As a charity, we are receiving surplus food supplies from more and more suppliers and supermarkets including Marks and Spencer, Co-op and Lidl,” he said.

“We then offer it for free to people in Warrington who are struggling in poverty, while also making the best use of excess food supplies to reduce waste and help the environment.

“From our two locations at Burtonwood Community Centre and Jordan’s House on Barbauld Street, we have been growing at lightning speed and are now looking at a third premises in Penketh.”

David said he has been involved in some charity work in the past, but really wanted to set up something to specifically help local people including children with disabilities.

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“As well as offering food, we are raising money to build a sensory room in the town centre for children with autism and ADHD and fundraising for equipment for disabled children,” he continued.

“We do this by having stalls at events, including the recent Young Traders Market, where we held a raffle and offered face painting.

“As we continue to grow, we have teamed up with other charities including Claire House Children’s Hospice and Warrington Parents and Carers Forum and are hoping to expand this network with some national organisations in the near future.”

To keep up to date with Neighbourhood Food Larder and to see more about what they do visit @feedthelocalcommunity on Facebook.