The cost of living crisis has hit many people across the North West hard, including here in Oldham. 

Soaring utility bills and ever-increasing food shop costs are forcing lots of families to breaking point.

With the school holidays just around the corner, we know lots of families will be worried about how they’re going to put food on the table and buy the essentials.

Some parents and guardians will even miss out on meals and prioritise their children’s hunger instead - something nobody should have to do in modern-day Britain.

But you can help a hungry child this summer.

The Oldham Times: Our campaign logoOur campaign logo (Image: Newsquest)

Seven local newspapers across the region - including The Oldham Times - are coming together to raise money for their local foodbank.

Oldham Foodbank is part of a nationwide network of foodbanks, supported by The Trussell Trust, working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK.

They provide three days of nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people who are referred to them in crisis. 

Foodbanks are a vital and lifesaving asset for many struggling, vulnerable people across the region. We're aiming to raise £5,000 per foodbank/organisation in six areas.

Staff at these incredible organisations, including Oldham Foodbank, have already set aside much-needed provisions ahead of schools breaking up for the summer holidays - and your donation can help them continue to support those in need.

The newspapers involved in the "No hungry kids this summer" campaign - The Bolton News, Lancashire Telegraph, The Oldham Times, Wirral Globe, Warrington Guardian and St Helens Star - are all part of Newsquest Media Group.

The Oldham Times: A volunteer at Oldham FoodbankA volunteer at Oldham Foodbank (Image: Newsquest)

Richard Duggan, editor of The Oldham Times, said: "We know the pressures that families face across our communities, especially at this time of year when the long summer school holiday arrives.

"This period presents them with challenges and sadly the soaring levels of inflation - especially for food - means this year many will feel this strain more severely than before and may need to turn to foodbanks.

"When there is an increase in demand, it puts strain on supplies at the foodbanks so we're calling on our loyal readers, partners and the businesses we work with to do what they can to support Oldham Foodbank this summer.

"The Oldham Times is proud to be part of this campaign alongside our sister titles in Newsquest and we'd urge you to do what you can to support it." 

We know times are tough but we think it’s essential for us all to pull together what little we can to help those who are in dire need and might not be able to feed their children - let’s strive for no hungry kids in the North West this summer!

You can donate to Oldham Foodbank via our dedicated GoFundMe campaign here.