FAMILIES in crisis are still relying on the generosity of wellwishers.

Mid Cheshire Foodbank, which supplies emergency food parcels, fed 99 people in the past week, including 41 children.

The charity wants to say a big thank you to everyone who donates but the number of families seeking help is soaring at an alarming rate.

Between April 2018 and March 2019, 6, 569 three-day emergency parcels were given to residents in Winsford and Northwich, of which 2, 365 were children.

Latest figures show a 19.2 per cent increase on last year, which is in line with the national rise across all foodbanks operated by the Trussell Trust.

However, a three year increase at Mid Cheshire Foodbank of 113 per cent is much greater than the national three year climb.

Jo Rafferty, manager of Mid Cheshire Foodbank, said: "No one in mid Cheshire should need a Foodbank's help and we want to see an end to local people needing emergency food at all.

"Until we reach a future where foodbanks are no longer needed, we'll continue to provide vital support when it matters most.

"We're dedicated to ensuring that people in our community without enough money for food are able to access emergency support."

The foodbank now desperately needs tinned fish as supplied have run out. Rice pudding and small and medium boxes of cereal would also be greatly appreciated.

Donations can be left at the foodbank warehouse unit 14, The Business Centre, Barlow Drive in Winsford, which is open on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 9am to 12 noon.

Local collection points in Winsford are at All Your Appliances, Asda, Co-op Funeralcare, St Joseph's Catholic Church (during mass).

In Northwich, donations can be left at Abbeycroft Vets, Asda, Tesco, Waitrose and St Helen's Church Witton (Saturday 10am to 4pm).

Collection points are also situated at F Hayes Funeralcare in Barnton and Sainsbury's in Hartford.

Money donations are always welcome and will be used to buy supplies. To donate visit justgiving.com/midcheshirefoodbank.