More than 50 people gathered to discuss the possibility of setting up a new food bank.
Rishton Methodist minister Rev Pat Brown called a public meeting to try and create a food bank serving communities in Rishton, Great Harwood and Clayton-le-Moors.
A meeting was held at Trinity Church in Great Harwood and attended by local councillors, church members and community groups.
A presentation was also given by Ros Duerden of the Trussell Trust charity in Blackburn to inform the attendees how to get the plans off the ground.
Rev Brown said he was ‘very encouraged’ by the first meeting and another will take place in two weeks.
He said: “The discussions were very useful. People had different opinions on how to move forward and it was all very positive.
“I think something will definitely come out of it, but what and how we are still unsure as it is just at the early stages.”
Rev Brown said a steering group has been set up and will meet at the same venue on Wednesday, February 19 at 7pm.