A NEW food bank has been set up in Ulverston after church workers were shocked to learn that people were trekking 20 miles to get emergency rations.

Since it was set up in the town’s parish church on December 10, the food bank has taken delivery of 30 boxes of provisions for distribution among the needy.

Seven churches in Ulverston are working together to help the hungry and the parish church is acting as the hub - where donations are brought and distributed.

“Some people are forced to make the decision between staying warm and eating,” said the Rev Andy Batchelor. “Whether they are on a low wage, on benefits or elderly we can help.

“It is shocking in these times that people have to go to such lengths to eat.”

Boxes are full of staple foods and are designed to last for three days. Food vouchers can be obtained from Ulverston Citizens Advice Bureau which can then be exchanged at the food bank.