Heartbreaking letter from Leeds mother shows just how vital food banks are

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“I am blown away by what you have given us. I really can’t thank you enough.”

These are the heartfelt words of one Leeds mother, who wrote to her foodbank to express her gratitude after they saved her in one of the worst periods of her life.

Volunteer Linda Keighley prepares food parcels.

Volunteer Linda Keighley prepares food parcels.

The emotional anonymous letter, printed by the YEP today as part of our Feed A Family This Christmas campaign, shows just how needed our city’s 22 foodbanks are.


Over 2000 Leeds people like this woman will rely on a foodbank parcel to stop them going hungry this Christmas.

Leeds foodbanks: Click here to find your nearest one to donate

Our campaign encourages readers to donate food and money to their local foodbank to ensure that the festive period is a happy one for some of our city’s most needy.

A spokesman from the Trussell Trust, which oversees the city’s foodbanks, said: “This letter is a powerful reminder not only of the real need in our communities, but of the incredible value of local foodbanks in helping to address it. “No mother in the UK should be worrying about putting food on her children’s plates, especially at Christmas. That’s why we’re calling for all sections of society to join us in taking action to stop UK food poverty.”

Yorkshire Regional Development Officer Matt Cameron added: “The words of this mum make clear just how important it is that we continue supporting the foodbanks of Leeds with food and monetary donations so that they can continue this crucial work. Thank you so much to all of the readers of the Yorkshire Evening Post for their support through this appeal - it’s amazing to see what a community can do when we all work together.”

Details of how to donate Christmas food and money to Leeds foodbanks can be found on our website.