Food bank takes home bacon

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A new venture that helps people in financial crisis has received a £100 boost, thanks to the Express 100 Community Fund.

The Westfield Food Bank, based at the Westfield Centre, South Elmsall, will be providing food and support to those in difficulty once it opens on November 22. The scheme, which works on a referral basis, helps individuals and families within the SESKU area.

The food bank is led by volunteers with support from South Elmsall Town Council and South Elmsall Community Facilities Ltd.

Several local businesses and groups - including Helping Hands, the NUM, South Elmsall Town Council and Upton Parish Council, Wincanton Distribution, Yorkshire Building Society, WDH’s diversity and inclusion team, DC Print, Astra Blinds and JJ Leisure - have also backed the scheme.

Residents who apply for help will be given vouchers that allow them to collect around three days of nutritionally-balanced food.

June Patton, secretary and deputy town clerk, applied for the cash earlier this year.

She said: “The money will be used to buy food and to pay for the general running costs of the food bank. We are really pleased.”

The cash was handed over to the group on Tuesday by community life champion Angela Spencer from the Asda Distribution Centre, which is teaming up with the Express for our year-long campaign.

The food parcels include items such as tea and coffee, tinned soup, vegetables, tomatoes and beans, packet pasta and rice, jars of sauces, sweet and savoury biscuits, dilute juices, toilet rolls and toiletries.

Donations can be handed in at the Westfield Lane centre or at various shops throughout the town.

Nominations have now closed for the Express 100 Community Fund. The last winner will be announced in the December 5 edition of the Express.