Ashton Food Market Helping Families Struggling With Food Bills

St Michaels and All Angels Church, in Ashton-on-Ribble, are aiming to help families struggling with food bills by adding more dates to their community food market.

The market, which is currently open three times a month, has helped many families since launching in the summer holidays.

Members of the church collect surplus food from local supermarkets through Fareshare and host the markets to offer the food to local families on a ‘take what you need, pay what you can’, basis.

Members of St Michael’s Church who run the market will be joined in January by friends from the Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, to run weekday sessions for parents.

Before the festive period, Councillor Javid Iqbal, Mayor of Preston visited the team to present them with Covid Heroes Award, which recognises those who have made a significant contribution to their community during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Churchwarden Stephen Davies said: “We have been generously supported by grants and donations from church members which have enabled us to support our local schools.”

The next four dates for the market are:

Tuesday 18th January from 9.30am
Saturday 22th January from 10am
Saturday 12th February from 10am
Tuesday 15th February from 9.30am

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