MAYOR Pat Merrick was among the dignitaries and members of the public who turned out for the official launch of the Chester & Ellesmere Port Foodbank.

The event, held at Ellesmere Port’s Trinity Centre, saw addresses from key steering group members giving thanks to those who have given their time and resources in order to make the foodbank a reality.

Mark Mitchell, group managing director of the Mitchell Group at Cheshire Oaks, which donated a collection van to the foodbank, officially cut the ribbon around an alternative food tin ‘cake’.

He said: “I’m delighted to be able to support the foodbank in this way.

“It’s great to see the local church community becoming relevant in today’s society.

“Getting involved in such a directly worthwhile cause means we are truly helping our neighbours, those facing crisis within our community.”

Diane Jenkins, a member of the steering group said: “The support for the foodbank launch has been fantastic; however, we need continued support if the foodbank is to reach out and help all those people who, through financial crisis, are unable to feed their family today.

“With the support of our partners – Cheshire West’s children’s centres, Cheshire West’s Citizens Advice Bureau and the Salvation Army – we will be able identify and directly help those who would otherwise go hungry.”