Volunteers at the Todmorden Food Drop-in served a special festive lunch to more than 100 families on Christmas Eve.
Many of the food bank’s members attended the lunch at its St Mary’s Church base, which also saw Father Christmas give more than 500 presents to the children.
Janet Garner, of the food bank team, said: “There was a wonderful festive atmosphere.
“We were really happy with how it went and the way in which the town has responded to it.
“One member said it was the best Christmas he has ever had.”
Despite the success of the lunch, Janet said it was also sad that it was necessary to provide this kind of “Dickensian Christmas” for people in 2013.
As reported in last week’s Todmorden News, the food bank team received a magnificent response to its Christmas appeal, with many people donating presents to be distributed to families in the run-up to Christmas Day.
Since it was launched in June, the Todmorden Food Drop-in has provided an increasingly important service to people in the town.
Janet feels numbers will continue to increase in the new year.
“We started off with two families coming on the first day back in June,” she said.
“We now have, on average, 100 families a week.
“We anticipate that the need will grow when we come into the colder months when heating costs become a more prominent issue.”
Looking ahead to 2014, Janet said the food bank team is looking to further highlight the issue on the national stage.
“We have been collecting statistics as evidence of why people come to us,” she said.
“It’s to do with low wages and benefit cutbacks.
“We want to use these statistics to feed back into the national debate about why food banks are essential and how they are decisively linked in with government policies.
“We will be stepping up our work in the public domain to get the issues raised with MPs and the government.
“All the evidence has to be put in the proper forum, otherwise it’s just a sticking plaster.”