Congregation backs South Elmsall food bank

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Generous members of a church congregation in South Elmsall have donated goods to the town’s food bank.

Parishioners at St Mary’s Church collected food during their harvest thanksgiving and donated it to the Westfield Centre Food Bank.

Jim Tubman, food bank committee chairman, said: “The food was gratefully received and will go to helping those in need in our community.

“I would like to thank the congregation for their generosity and Rev Margaret Gallagher for thinking of us.”

The independent food bank relies on donations and has seen an increase in demand over recent months.

Rev Gallagher, said: “Taking from our kitchen shelves and sharing with those whose shelves are empty is a reminder to us that God’s bountiful gifts are for all.

“St Mary’s is a regular collection point for the food bank and I hope that we will find other ways of helping the project in the future.”

The food bank works on a referral basis and is run by a committee made up of representatives from local churches, South Elmsall Town Council, South Elmsall Communities Ltd and local volunteers.

Agencies such as GPs, the Citizens Advice Bureau, Wakefield Council and WDH, can issue vouchers which can be taken to the food bank where three days’ worth of food will be provided.