The Food project officially launched on September 1, directs individuals to the assistance they need to support themselves. From the Leicester Mercury of 20th August:
In addition, the linked Soar Valley Community Money Advice Centre can offer advice on debt, benefit entitlement, other free services available, cost- saving ideas and budgeting.
Tim Jackson, project coordinator, said: "There were more than one million people who used a food bank in the past year.
"Over that period, we have been developing the vision for this project, so it's fantastic to open our doors to support those who need help.
"The team has a real heart to help those who are having difficulties feeding themselves.
"This isn't just about ensuring people have enough food, it's about helping them in the long run to get back on their feet, which is why there is debt advice on hand and we're there to point people in the right direction.
"We've put up posters in doctors' surgeries and left them with other healthcare professionals, social services and Sure Start centres so many of those who come to us will be referrals. Others we will take at face value. Although there are food centres in Leicester and Loughborough, there isn't anything in between.
"We cannot operate without food donations, so we're tremendously grateful to the supermarkets who have agreed to put donation bins in their stores. So when you shop please look out for these and donate non-perishable food.
"The Food Project will open on Mondays from 11am to 1pm. It is open to anyone who needs help, so please pop in for a coffee and see us."
The project is being run by Rothley Parish Church and Rothley Baptist Church.
If you would like to donate non-perishable food, money or time, visit the centre once it is up and running. Ring 07743 765958 or e-mail: