BARNSLEY town centre's first food bank is set to open its doors to people in crisis.

The bank will be distributing food every Thursday from 11am to 1pm at Gateway Church, Mottram Hall, on Mottram Street.

People using the service need a voucher available from Barnsley Citizens' Advice Bureau, Berneslai Homes, Barnsley Council's Connexions service or the council's Homeless Prevention Service.

Christians Against Poverty and South Yorkshire Credit Union also have vouchers, as does the pastor of Gateway Church, Mark Reasbeck.

He said: "We are offering this service in view of the deepening financial crisis. We know there are food banks elsewhere in the area, such as Kendray and Goldthorpe, but this is the first in the town centre."