Leeds store backs Feed a Family campaign

Staff at B&M at Killingbeck with Major Andrew Spivey from the Leeds Central Salvation Army
Staff at B&M at Killingbeck with Major Andrew Spivey from the Leeds Central Salvation Army
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A Leeds store which collected 1,000 tins of food in just two weeks for the Salvation Army is now backing the YEP’s Feed a Family campaign.

And Sarah Archer, customer service manager at B&M in Killingbeck, is hoping their customers’ generosity will inspire other firms to do the same.

The 36-year-old, from Harehills, said: “For two weeks we asked customers to bring tins of food in or buy ones we have in store to donate to the Salvation Army.

“We only aimed to get 500 tins for them and ended up getting 1,000.”

When she read about the YEP campaign to help needy families put food on the table this Christmas she asked store manager Mark Smith if they could extend the collection for a few more weeks and this time ask shoppers to donate cans for the city’s foodbanks.

She said: “This shows how much good can be achieved in just two weeks. Perhaps our story could inspire other stores to do the same.”

Following the success of our campaign this summer – when we helped to feed more than 1,260 of the city’s most vulnerable residents – we are calling on readers to pledge their support and buy items off our shopping list. Organisations across Leeds can also hold their own food collections or donate money or time. To view our interactive map of Leeds foodbanks go to yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk.

*Get in touch and tell us what you are doing to help us Feed a Family this Christmas. Email debbie.leigh@ypn.co.uk and laura.bowyer@ypn.co.uk.

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