THE Trafford Assist food bank has received a £3,000 donation from Carrington Power Station.

Representatives from the GMB and Unite unions chose the facility, run by Citizens Advice Trafford, for the donation to the facility which helps feed vulnerable people in the borough.

Dale Maskell, chief officer at CAT said the food bank provides around 50 food parcels a month to people in Trafford.

He added: “We are so grateful that the members at GMB and Unite unions have chosen to support us. We have had a big increase in people seeking emergency food parcels over the past year or so and this scheme also offers a small selection of toiletries.”

“It’s a common misconception that people choose to rely on food banks, the main reasons that people do need to come to a food bank include admin errors in benefits calculations, processing applications and delays in paying benefits."

Nationally, there has been a sharp rise in the number of people accessing food banks, caused by a drop in income and a rise in food and living costs,