West Cheshire Foodbank has received £5,000 to help the organisation continue to respond to the needs of local people in crisis across West Cheshire.

The donation was provided by the Santander Foundation which offers grants to UK registered charities for projects that help disadvantaged people in local communities.

The grant will be used towards the charity’s warehousing and distribution costs and will help to ensure that emergency food is effectively collected, sorted, stored and delivered to distribution centres, ensuring local people in crisis receive three days of sufficient, safe and nutritious emergency food.

Peter Stelfox, warehouse co-ordinator at West Cheshire Foodbank, said: “Life is really tough for so many people who visit us, especially so as the weather gets colder and Christmas approaches. We’re really pleased that Santander Foundation has recognised the value of the work undertaken in our community.

“West Cheshire Foodbank is providing a vital community response to a growing community need and this funding towards the costs of our warehouse and van is essential to ensuring we can continue to operate.

“In the last year alone, we delivered 47 800 kg of publicly donated food to people referred to our five distribution centres in Chester, Ellesmere Port and Neston.”

Sarah Drover, manager at Santander’s Heswall branch, said: “The Santander Foundation makes hundreds of donations every year to good causes throughout the UK. Our branch is committed to playing a key part in the community and we are delighted to be supporting West Cheshire Foodbank, and hope the donation makes a real difference to local people.”