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Leeds food aid group helps tackle food poverty in the city

Leeds FAN with Lord Mayor of Leeds, councillor Thomas Murray.

Leeds FAN with Lord Mayor of Leeds, councillor Thomas Murray.

The Leeds Food Aid Network held its first meeting this week.

Members met at Leeds Civic Hall on Wednesday to talk to the Lord Mayor of Leeds, councillor Thomas Murray about how the group aims to tackle food poverty.

The Leeds Food Aid Network (FAN) is chaired by Unity in Poverty Action and was originally set up by Leeds councillor John Hardy and chief officer of Revenue and Benefits, Steve Carey.

Leeds FAN includes organisations such as food drop-ins, soup kitchens, food banks, outreach and support groups and social enterprises. St George’s Crypt, Streetwise, PAFRAS, Neruka’s Soup Kitchen, FareShare Yorkshire, The Holbeck and Right Choices Food Banks and Leeds Food Bank are all involved in the network.

John Casey, a trustee of Leeds Food Bank (Trussel Trust), said: “The network is a real opportunity to join things up for those facing the misery of food poverty.”

 

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