Leeds leaders rally round YEP foodbank campaign

CAMPAIGN: Volunteers at the foodbank in Seacroft.
CAMPAIGN: Volunteers at the foodbank in Seacroft.
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MPs and city leaders have come out in support of the YEP’s Feed A Family This Christmas campaign.

The campaign asks for readers to donate food and money to their local foodbank over the festive period to ensure that more families have a happier Christmas. Over 2000 Leeds people will rely on the foodbanks this month.

Stuart Andrew, MP for Pudsey, Horsforth and Airesborough, said: “I fully support the Feed a Family this Christmas campaign, and applaud the YEP for launching what is such an important matter. Unfortunately, some people are struggling to eat, and we are lucky that we are able to provide them with some much needed assistance at what is a time for sharing and generosity.”

Elmet and Rothwell MP Alec Shellbrooke said: “This country has a great tradition of volunteering and helping people who fall on hard times and the YEP’s campaign is a great example of doing that.”

Leeds City Council’s executive member for communities, Coun Debra Coupar, said: “Foodbanks provide a vital lifeline for some of the most vulnerable people in our communities, so I hope as many people in Leeds as possible support this campaign. No one should go hungry at Christmas or any time of the year, but regrettably poverty is one of the biggest challenges we are facing as a city and across the country.

We are asking readers to donate food and funds to their local foodbank - a list of the distribution centres can be found on our website.

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