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Plight of Leeds kids in need of emergency food

South Leeds foodbank volunteer Dale Lassey fills the shelves with donated food.

South Leeds foodbank volunteer Dale Lassey fills the shelves with donated food.

More than 250 children across Leeds needed emergency food to stop them going to bed hungry over the last THREE weeks.

Around 4,000 kilos of food has been distributed to desperate people who are struggling to make ends meet since the Yorkshire Evening Post launched its Feed A Family campaign last month.

And the city’s foodbanks have warned that they are expecting the number of people turning to them for help to increase as the summer holidays continue.

Lucy Pitkin, co-ordinator of Leeds West Foodbank, said volunteers gave out nearly 320 meals in just two hours at a recent session.

She said: “We have already seen those who are already struggling straight away when the holidays start because they are living so close to the financial line.

“Lots of people will try to manage their finances for a few weeks but as the holidays draw on they are being stretched more and more.

“People are reluctant to come to us and some people will only come for help when they are desperate.”

Today we are calling on even more readers to donate spare food to help keep the city’s foodbanks stocked over the summer holidays.

Leeds West foodbank needs at least NINE TONNES of food to help cope with the increase in demand as it looks to open a new foodbank later this month in Old Farnley.

Kind-hearted Leeds Rhinos fans recently donated around 550 items to the campaign during a collection ahead of their recent match.

Morrish Solicitors, in Pudsey, have installed a collection point for people to drop off food in the town.

There are also special collection points located at Asda supermarket, in Pudsey, and also at Tesco supermarket, in Bramley.

Lucy added: “We had a woman come to see us who was turning up at her friends houses with her children in the hope that they would be invited for tea.

“She did come to us in the end for help.

“People who are working are really struggling especially with the cost of childcare over the summer.

“This can happen to anyone.

“We have had food donated to us but it is just going straight back out to help people who are so desperate.”

* Foodbank collection points will be at the Breeze Festival at Kirkstall Abbey today and tomorrow from noon until 5pm.

COLLECTIONS TO HELP FOODBANKS

* East Leeds: Oxford Place Methodist centre, on Mon and Thur 2pm to 4pm.

* North Leeds: Moor Allerton Methodist Church, Alderton Rise, on Mon, Wed and Fri from 11am to 1pm or Lister Hill Baptist Church, Horsforth, 2pm to 4pm on Wed and Fri, 10am to noon Sat.

* South Leeds: Middleton Methodist Church on Wed from 9.30am to 4pm; drop off food at Hunslet Methodist Church, Telford Terrace on Wed from 10am to noon.

* West Leeds: 13 Redlane Mill, Farsley on Tue from 10am to 4pm. Collection points are also located at Tesco, in Bramley, Asda, in Pudsey, Morrish Solicitors, in Pudsey, and The Mill Kitchen, in Farsley.

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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