Growing need for food bank for residents

The bishop of the Wakefield  Tony Robinson,  visiting Bernadette France at the Westfield Centre food bank to express his support.  (p611a421)
The bishop of the Wakefield Tony Robinson, visiting Bernadette France at the Westfield Centre food bank to express his support. (p611a421)
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Organisers of South Elmsall’s Westfield Centre food bank say more and more people are using the facility.

They’re calling for donations of food items to help meet the growing demand.

Jim Tubman,chairman of the committee that runs the food bank, said: “I would have liked to report that the need for the food bank has fallen since we opened in November last year.

“But the numbers are growing and we are catering for more and more people.”

In August more than 70 food parcels were issued to 200 people.

Tesco in Hemsworth is supporting the food bank by holding a ‘food drive’ at the store next weekend where shoppers can donate items.

Mr Tubman added: “Tesco in Hemsworth has very kindly given us a two day food drive to boost our resources.

“I hope local people will support us knowing that all donations will feed people in this area ranging from Ryhill to Ackworth to Upton and all villages in between.”

The independent food bank, which works on a referral basis, 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 then be taken to the food bank where three days worth of food will be provided.

The Tesco food drive takes place on Friday September 19 and Saturday September 20 from 9am to 6pm.

All donations are welcome.