Published Friday, 23 August 2013
One in every three children lives in poverty in Northern Ireland and in the Co Tyrone town the unemployment rate is one of the worst in the region.
The new food bank is the eleventh in Northern Ireland to open, and the first in the North West.
A former construction worker living in the area, who did not want to be identified, said he has struggled to feed his family and children since losing his job.
"Putting food on the table was hard, very hard going for the last eight months now," he told UTV.
"We get the basics, we get pasta and the bread, pasta, condensed milk and it is getting us through."
He added: "If you don't ask you don't get, people should ask for help and a lot of people do need help."
Strabane Community Project established the food bank when they realised the extent of suffering endured by some families and their children.
"What brought it to the forefront was that in one of our local schools a child fainted and it came to light that he hadn't eaten in the last 48 hours," project co-ordinator Olivene McDade explained.
"So the idea for the food bank was always there and there had been work done in the background but when that came to light it made us knuckle down.
Samantha McFeeters, manager of the food bank added: "It doesn't matter about pride or anything like that, you are going to come down if your wee ones are starving."
Vouchers are given to people in crisis, taken to a nearby charity shop were a food list is drawn up.
The list goes to the food bank and a supply is sent out.
Danny O'Hagan, from the project said it provides a safety net for those who have found themselves in crisis.
"It is a three day, emergency food supply after that a person can't return for two weeks and if over a period of time a person keeps returning we want to know why and we would refer them to other agencies."
The food bank has only been open for a few days but it has already provided a lifeline to those living below the breadline.
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