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Bags of support for YEP’s food campaign from Leeds store

Pudsey Asda staff are supporting the YEP's Feed A Family campaign. From left, Angela Andrews, Lesley Smith and Sandra Deakins.

Pudsey Asda staff are supporting the YEP's Feed A Family campaign. From left, Angela Andrews, Lesley Smith and Sandra Deakins.

Leeds supermarket giant Asda has come up with a way of supporting the YEP’s Feed A Family campaign that’s well worth checking out.

Staff at the Pudsey store have set up their very own food collection point to encourage shoppers to support vulnerable families over the summer holidays.

Trollies filled with food will then be distributed to local foodbanks to help cope with the rise in demand from families as they struggle to feed their children this summer.

And Leeds West Foodbank, which is looking to collect NINE TONNES of food, has warned it desperately needs more food as it prepares to open a new centre in Old Farnley in three weeks time.

Volunteers said a recent store collection at Asda Pudsey helped them to receive over 870 kilos of food - but their stocks have plummeted after the food was distributed to hungry families over the last two weeks.

Asda Pudsey store manager Neil Fairclough said: “Asda Pudsey supports a number of different local causes however, the YEP’s Feed A Family campaign is one we will be working really hard to drive awareness to all of our customers.

“We will be doing this by providing a support trolley so that customers can donate to the cause easily and hassle free.”

Lucy Pitkin, co-ordinator at Leeds West Foodbank, said despite the generous donations they still need more food to support families.

“We are getting into the school holidays and we are expecting there to be even more families turning to us for help over the next few weeks,” she said.

“People are coming to us and they are desperate for food.It is just heartbreaking.

“We are set to open a new foodbank in Old Farnley to get to those people who need it the most but we can’t open until we get our food stocks up.”

The YEP recently revealed that thousands of hard-pressed residents have been forced to turn to their local foodbank for emergency food parcels because their cupboards were bare.

Nearly 20 double-decker buses worth of food have been distributed to help feed some of the city’s most vulnerable residents since September.

However, this will be the first summer holiday period that the city’s four Trussell Trust foodbanks have been operational.

And they are preparing emergency food parcels to help make sure that children do not go to bed hungry this summer.

Organisations from across Leeds have thrown their support behind the YEP’s Feed A Family campaign to collect food to support families over the summer break.

Leeds Rhinos fans recently donated hundreds of tins of food ahead of their match.

* Volunteers from Leeds West Foodbank are set to hold a collection point at Morrisons, in Kirkstall, tomorrow.

* Tell us how you are supporting our campaign by emailing laura.bowyer@ypn.co.uk or debbie.leigh@ypn.co.uk.

COLLECTIONS TO SUPPORT FOODBANKS

East Leeds: Food donations can be made at Oxford Place Methodist Centre, Oxford Place, Leeds, on Mon and Thur 2pm-4pm.

North Leeds: Food donations can be made at Moor Allerton Methodist Church, Alderton Rise, on Mon, Wed and Fri from 11am to 1pm or Lister Hill Baptist Church, Horsforth, 2-4pm on Wed and Fri and 10am to noon on Sat

South Leeds: Food donations can be made at Middleton Methodist Church on Wed from 9.30am to 4pm.

West Leeds: Food donations can be made to 13 Redlane Mill, Farsley on Tue from 10am to 4pm, Bramley’s Tesco store or at a special collection point in Pudsey’s Asda store.

FOODBANK SHOPPING

Milk (UHT or powdered)

Sugar (500g)

Fruit juice (carton)

Tinned meat/fish

Tinned veg/fruit

Soup

Pasta sauces

Sponge Pudding (tinned)

Cereals

Rice Pudding (tinned)

Tea bags/instant coffee

Instant Mashed potato

Rice/pasta

Jam

Biscuits/snack bars

Toilet roll

 

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