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West Yorkshire foodbanks need your donations

by Roseann Hughes

A West Yorkshire foodbank is appealing for more donations than ever this summer.

Bradford Central Foodbank, at The Light Centre, is in need of more tinned items, UHT milk and toiletries.

Manager Josie Barlow said: “We’re giving away about 750kg of food a week to people in crisis – that’s 170 shopping bags.

“We particularly want cuppa soups, rice pudding, custard and shower gel.

“Last year we saw a peak in the summer months as children no longer have free school meals at school.”

Collection points are at Tesco (Valley Road), Asda (Rooley Lane and Cemetery Road) and the foodbank itself, 86 Captain Street – just off Stott Hill.

James Dennison used to need food packages from this food bank when his wife was diagnosed with post-natal depression. Now, he volunteers here after he finishes his night-shift at his new job.

Mr Dennison said: “I had to give up my last job to look after our three children. We got into debt and we almost lost the house. Luckily we had the food bank and Christians Against Poverty really helped.

“Now that we’re back on our feet and I wanted to give something back.”

The number of three-day emergency food supplies given to people in Yorkshire and Humber has risen by 12% in the past year, according to The Trussell Trust:

Pulse 1 and Pulse 2 Radio, based in Bradford, have highlighted this issue and are running their #FoodForThought campaign.

James, Daniel and Stephen have all needed, or still need, the food bank:

People can also donate food at drop off points, including Broadway shopping centre or Tesco on Canal Road.

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