MORE and more families going through hard times are turning to a food bank to help make ends meet, according to a volunteer.
Michael Lynn of Lancing and Sompting Basics Bank said demand for the service had risen by around 30 per cent compared with last year.
Each month the charity puts together around 60 basics bags containing everyday goods such as tea, coffee, pasta and cereals.
The bags are designed to last a family of four for three days.
Mr Lynn said: “I think [the service] is vastly important. Without it, people would go hungry.”
He said the basics bank helped stop people turning to payday loans or even stealing to put food on the table.
He added that people from all walks of life were using the service, not just those on benefits.
The charity has recently set up a collection point in the Lancing Village Action Shop on North Road.
Michael said he believed demand would continue to rise as the cost of living increased.
Families can be referred to the service through a number of organisations including the citizen’s advice bureau, and the Lancing children and family centre.
The basics bank is organised by the various churches from the local area, and is looking into the possibility of working alongside the Trussel Trust.