Residents could see a new method of charity work hitting the streets of Breightmet soon.

Urban Outreach are launching a new mobile pantry project to help those in need.

The project, in partnership with Bolton at Home, Seddon, and Christ's Church Harwood, is set to hit the streets by February 25, taking the charity's innovative food pantry on the road.

Dave Bagley, chief executive of Urban Outreach, said: "It's a little dream come true. It's taken a long time to get there – it's been three years in the making.

"A lot of work has gone into this to get to this point

"We want it to be representative of the local community – we want to bring people into it and get them to take charge and add their own nuances to the project."

The vehicle has been out on two "dry runs" to test the process and ensure that things run smoothly when it officially goes live.

Mr Bagley believes that the pantry can provide about 15 shops per trip, hoping to serve 50-60 members of the pantry scheme each week.

For just £2.50 a week, struggling residents can sign-up to the Storehouse Pantry scheme to get £15-20 worth of shopping that includes a selection of fresh foods.

The mobile pantry will initial cover the Kentmere area of Breightmet, but Mr Bagley says the charity hopes to expand the areas covered by the van to target every poverty hot-spot in the borough.

Two static pantries are already up and running at the Hope Centre on Johnson Fold Estate in Halliwell, and at an Urban Care Centre on New Bury Estate, Farnworth.

Shauna Morton, Bolton at Home’s Head of Community Investment, said: “We recognise that anyone can have financial difficulties at times in their lives, so we offer community support where and when it’s needed. This includes being a Storehouse Pantry partner.

“Expanding the Storehouse Pantry network with a mobile service, starting at our Withins UCAN Centre, will help more people who are struggling to put food on the table. At the same time, we can offer people tailored support to help address underlying causes of food poverty.”

Christ's Church Harwood are a key partner to the project, with their volunteers taking a vital role in the scheme.