CHEADLE'S new Foodbank is now open.
The foodbank, which is based in the Oakley Room at Cheadle's Guild Hall in Tape Street, is open every Wednesday from 9.30am until 11.30pm and every Friday from 1.30pm until 3.30pm.
Anyone wishing to access the service will need to have been assessed and referred by frontline care professionals, such as the police, GP, school liaison officers and Citizens Advice Bureaus, who partner the Foodbank and identify people in genuine crisis situations.
Clients are then issued with a voucher which can be exchanged at the Foodbank in return for three days of nutritionally balanced tinned and dried food.
Cheadle town councillor Ray Wood, who is treasurer for the Foodbank volunteers group, said: "The vouchers have been given out to the relevant agencies and we want to let people know it is up and running, but it is not something that people can walk in off the street to access.
"The Foodbank offers breathing space for people who are struggling to make ends meet and gives them time to resolve their crisis.
"It is not a way of life, it is a temporary aid and the volunteers are all trained to listen to clients and signpost them to whatever agencies they can turn to for further support.
"There are 50 volunteers already and the support for this scheme in Cheadle has been phenomenal, with businesses, the community, churches, U3A and schools all pitching in.
"Thank you to everyone who has supported this so generously.
"I've been involved in a lot of things in the town over the years and this is one of the best supported schemes I've seen in a long time."