Hundreds of pounds have been donated to ‘lifeline’ foodbanks to support families who are struggling to make ends meet this Christmas.
Leeds and Yorkshire Housing Association donated around £260 to the Leeds South and Leeds East Foodbanks to help desperate families over the festive period.
Staff have also collected tinned vegetables, rice, pasta and sauces to help keep the foodbank’s supplies stocked over Christmas.
Lisa Pickard, chief executive of Leeds and Yorkshire Housing Association, said: “We see the impact of food poverty day in, day out; and it’s getting worse.
“We felt driven to help wherever we could, and as an organisation this donation is one of the ways we are trying to help.”
Linda Jackson, project manager for Leeds South and East Foodbanks, praised their support and said: “Support like this is vital in helping us to help people desperate for emergency food, especially during what is supposed to be the festive season.”
Parents and children also came together from across the Pudsey to support the Leeds West Foodbank at a Santa’s Grotto event to raise more than £700.
In just over a year in Leeds, under the banner of the Trussell Trust, almost 20 foodbanks have opened across the city.
By the end of 2015, there are expected to be at least a further 14.
The Yorkshire Evening Post re-launched its Feed A Family appeal to support families living on a financial knife-edge.
Foodbank bosses are anticipating their busiest days yet – with around 3,000 vulnerable Leeds residents expected to fall into food poverty over the festive period.