THE University of Bolton is urging students and staff to make donations to food banks in Bolton.

The university has put out collection boxes for nonperishable goods in the Chancellor’s Mall building in a bid to support the foodbanks over Christmas.

A spokesperson for the university said: “If you have a tin or a packet in your cupboard that you can spare, please could you bring it along and place in one of these boxes.

“There are currently a number of food banks in Bolton, and they are struggling to satisfy the needs of the people who are increasingly having to depend on them.”

Food banks aim to provide a minimum of three days emergency food and support to people experiencing an acute crisis.

The Trussell Trust says its network of food banks across Lancashire, Merseyside and Greater Manchester has fed more than 13,500 people since April.

This compares to just 10 people in same period last year. Many of those helped were families struggling as a result of rising food and fuel prices combined with static incomes, high unemployment and changes to benefits.

The Farnworth and Kearsley Foodbank opened its doors for the first time on November 30.