Over 2,000 people across Leeds will rely on foodbank parcels to keep them from going hungry this Christmas.
Across the city, many queue up each day at foodbanks to receive enough basic food to last their family for three days.
And shockingly, almost half of those - 47 per cent - relying on the food parcels are children.
That is why today, the YEP is launching its Feed a Family this Christmas campaign.
With your generous food and financial contributions, it is hoped that more hungry people across Leeds will have a happier Christmas this year.
People like Stephen, from Burley, who had to visit his local foodbank when his benefits were stopped after a hospital stay.
He said: “I only had bread, margarine and a bit of fish left in my fridge a few weeks ago. I felt so ashamed and I didn’t want to ask my neighbours for help.
“I was given a voucher by my social worker, but I was worried about coming. The foodbank were absolutely amazing. The parcel kept me going for three or four days – and now I just want to say thank you for everything.
“If it wasn’t for the foodbanks, I would have been on my last legs.”
Readers who would like to support the campaign can donate to various collection points across Leeds.
Volunteers are also asking for festive items to be added to – including mince pies, selection boxes, and nuts.
Donations are being taken at Tesco stores in Bramley, Roundhay Road, Garforth, Seacroft and Batley, and also to your local foodbank – a list can be found here.
Readers can also donate food directly to the warehouses at Unit 16, Ashbrooke Business Park in Beeston and on 62A Burley Road from 10am-2pm on Mondays to Wednesdays.
And readers who wish to contribute financially towards the Leeds and North West foodbanks’ running costs can donate at www.mydonate.bt.com/charities/leedsnorthandwestfoodbank.
The campaign is backed by Leeds Community Foundation. A spokesman said: “Foodbanks provide a vital service in Leeds, not only do they distribute healthy meals but they offer support and guidance to help improve local people’s lives.
Following the overwhelming response from the public to the appeal last year, it is great to see the YEP continuing to support local foodbanks to receive much needed food donations.”
We want to hear how you are supporting our campaign this Christmas. Maybe you’ve set up a collection point at work, or done a whip-round to support the great work our city’s foodbanks do.
Send us your stories and pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org.
FOODBANK SHOPPING LIST:
Box of biscuits
Children’s selection box
Box of chocolates
Large bar of cholcate
Snacks and nibbles eg peanuts