Around 100 Christmas food parcels were delivered in time for the holidays by Skipton Food Bank.

Hard-pressed families received parcels of food and Christmas treats from the charity working hand-in-hand with agencies such as Foundation Housing and Craven Volunteer Centre.

Ella Smith, food bank team leader, said there had been an increase on the previous year but there had also been more agencies contacting the charity.

She believed changes to the benefits system had left some people struggling, with those already short of money facing greater hardship when their children were off for the school holidays.

The food bank, at Skipton Baptist Church, appealed for donations such as Christmas crackers and drinking chocolate and ran collection days, including at Barclays Bank in Skipton.

Drop-off points were also set up across Craven.

“We have been thrilled with the amount of donations we have had,” said Mrs Smith.

The charity did not deliver the parcels, but instead left it up to the agencies, which also included North Yorkshire’s adult social care and the probation service.

Donations are still needed now.

To contact the food bank, telephone 07856 080 194 or email food@skipton