VOLUNTEERS AT the Leeds North and West Foodbank warehouse spend each day carefully sorting out deliveries of pasta sauces, teabags and milk to feed Leeds’s hungriest people.
The parcels are each distributed by van to the ten food banks that this half of the city runs each week. On Wednesday afternoons, the foodbank runs from Trinity Methodist Church in Bramley – and there are people queuing outside the door before the parcels even arrive.
Long-term volunteer Maria Procter said: “I’ve seen people come in here crying and being embarrassed about having to ask for help. But it’s important to know that we never refuse people who need help, and we do everything we can to make them feel comfortable.”
People can help the work volunteers like Maria do every day by taking part in the Yorkshire Evening Post’s Feed a Family This Christmas campaign.
A team of volunteers inside even make up specialist parcels with nappies for babies or dog food for pet owners.
People using the food banks can sit down with a volunteer to have a cup of tea after receiving their parcel – or even have an informal chat with a debt advisor from Better Leeds Communities.
The YEP is asking for reader’s donations to collection points across Leeds – a full list can be found on our website – as well as financial donations to keep the foodbanks going.
People can donate to www.mydonate.bt.com/charities/leedsnorthandwest-foodbank. The YEP also wants to know how you’re helping. Email us your stories and pictures for Feed A Family to firstname.lastname@example.org.