North Leeds: Foodbank set to go on the road

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A north Leeds foodbank is set to hit the road with a new set of wheels.

A van has been donated to Wetherby and District Foodbank to help its lifeline service reach out to vulnerable families across the town.

Meat suppliers Sykes House Farm of Wetherby have even taxed and insured the vehicle they have donated as well as providing maintenance and fuel.

Chair of trustees Gail Bowen said: “We could not believe it when we got the news about the offer.

“Not only will it allow us to extend our services to Tadcaster, something we have wished to do for some time now, but it also means that other local charities, including other foodbanks such as the one in Harrogate, will be able to use the vehicle.

“It is a gift of huge impact and importance to our foodbank and our community, and we are enormously grateful.”

A spokesman from Sykes House Farm said the vehicle will help to ease the pressure for staff at the foodbank.

He said: “We have always done numerous small things for the local community but the foodbank charity is something where we thought we could help in real terms.

“We believe community spirited charitable activities should be a key driver for any local business.

“We had a resource that we could make available to the foodbank team, and other associated charities, so it was just a question of how to make it happen.

“The foodbank team are the ones doing the hard work and they can’t be praised enough; we hope the use of our vehicles eases that pressure.”

Wetherby and District Foodbank was set up in February to offer support to families living below the breadline across the town.

And during the last six months it has offered a vital service to families in need across the Wetherby, Tadcaster and Boston Spa areas.