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Leeds Rhinos fans show their support for YEP food drive

Mark  Fitzpatrick from Leeds West Foodbank with Rocky the labrador and Jaci Hawkins from Leeds Rugby Foundation with some of the items donated by Rhinos fans

Mark Fitzpatrick from Leeds West Foodbank with Rocky the labrador and Jaci Hawkins from Leeds Rugby Foundation with some of the items donated by Rhinos fans

Leeds Rhinos fans have pitched in to collect hundreds of tins of food for the Yorkshire Evening Post’s Feed A Family campaign.

Supporters led the charge to collect hundreds of items off our special shopping list to help some of our city’s most vulnerable families put food on their tables.

The recent match day collection saw fans come armed with packets of pasta, jars of sauce and tins of beans to help stock foodbanks in Leeds this summer.

The Yorkshire Evening Post launched its Feed A Family campaign last week after revealing that parents in Leeds will skip meals this summer to make sure their children don’t go to bed hungry.

Nearly 20 double decker buses worth of food have been distributed in the city since September.

There are fears more families will be forced to turn to food banks as they struggle to put meals on the table during the six week break from school.

Jaci Hawkins from Leeds Rugby Foundation, who organised the collection, said: “We have probably managed to collect between 400 and 500 items and we were extremely pleased with the reaction.”

The news comes as the YEP launched its own collection point to help support some of the city’s most vulnerable families over the holidays.

We are calling on readers to pledge their support and buy items off our special shopping list over the next six weeks.

Special collection points will be available to drop food off to support foodbanks in north, east, south and west Leeds.

And we are calling on businesses, charities and organisations to hold their own food collections.

Lucy Pitkin from Leeds West Foodbank said: “As we are getting into the school holidays we are expecting there to be an increase over the next few weeks of families approaching us for food.

“People are coming to us who are absolutely desperate for food.

“We have had a number of generous donations since the YEP launched the campaign but we need more to help cope with the rise in demand.

“During one of our collections we managed to fill a car with food from generous readers.”

* 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 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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