Disadvantaged families have received a much needed boost after West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner donated £50,000 to the region’s food banks.
A cheque was handed to the Salvation Army to be distributed to food banks in Wakefield, Kirklees, Leeds, Bradford and Calderdale. Wakefield’s food banks will benefit from £11,093 of the money, which comes from the Police Property Act Fund.
The cash from the fund contains money from the sale of property connected with crime and can only be used for one-off charitable donations.
Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson, said: “As Christmas approaches more and more families are struggling to make ends meet and the reliance on food banks has become a reality.
“This money will help those food banks in the areas of greatest need to buy more supplies as the festive season draws closer and into the new year. My pledge to communities is to make people safer and feel safer.”
Lt Col Michael Highton, divisional commander for The Salvation Army’s Yorkshire division, said: “We’re deeply grateful for the incredibly generous donation of £50,000 to our services issuing food provision in West Yorkshire from the West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner’s property fund.
“At a time when the cost of food and utilities have increased, and where wages have risen more slowly than inflation, The Salvation Army is increasingly helping people more and more with the very basics that they need to get by.”
“This donation has benefitted Salvation Army Corps, or Churches, throughout the whole of West Yorkshire - from Huddersfield to Leeds and everywhere in between, and is going straight to the front line to help those who need our help and support.”