FOODBANKS serving impoverished residents in Leeds have received over £1,000 worth of food and household goods from a local housing association.
Staff and board members from Leeds & Yorkshire Housing Association (LYHA) donated food and cash over the festive period. They even created a ‘reverse advent calendar’ with a different ‘item’ each day throughout December to encourage donations of items foodbanks need most.
The food and goods were donated to Trussell Trust foodbanks operating across the city.
“No one in Leeds should need a foodbank’s help and we want to see an end to local people needing emergency food at all,” said Karen Burgon, project director of Leeds North & West Foodbank.
“But until that time, we’ll continue to provide vital support when it matters most and that has only been possible, in the last year, because of the incredible generosity shown by local people in donating food, time and funds. We are very grateful to our friends at Leeds & Yorkshire Housing Association for their support of the foodbank and its work with the large donation they collected for us.
Mark Pearson, LYHA’s chief executive, said: “We are delighted to support The Trussell Trust and the fantastic work they do in supporting people in local communities who are living in poverty. Our staff and Board members have been so generous with their donations and it was great to be able to drop off such a fantastic amount of provisions to help those in need. This donation is the latest in our continued support for our local Trussell Trust foodbanks over the last few years.”
Leeds North & West Foodbank has been providing emergency food and support to local people since 2013. A member of The Trussell Trust’s network, over the last year it has seen a 16.6% rise in the number of people needing its support. This, it believes, is due to people struggling with benefit payments, low income and insecure work leading to an inability to meet living costs and debt.
Between April 2017 and March 2018, the foodbank says it provided 9,544 three-day emergency food supplies to local people in crisis, compared to 8,185 in the previous year. Of this number, it says 3,468 went to children.”