Young volunteers pitch in to help stock west Leeds foodbank

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A giant hotdog and a banana have helped to serve up a treat to West Leeds Foodbank this summer.

Volunteers from the National Citizen Service, which is run in conjunction with the Leeds United Foundation, donned fancy dress and pitched in to show their support for the foodbank.

The Yorkshire Evening Post revealed that it needs at least NINE TONNES of food to help cope with the growing demand for emergency parcels.

Young volunteers urged shoppers at Asda, in Pudsey, to donate an extra tin of food to help boost their stock levels.

The YEP launched its Feed A Family campaign last month to support the city’s network of foodbanks cope with rising demand over the summer holidays.

More than 4,000 kilos of food have been distributed to desperate people across the city since it was launched.

Lucy Pitkin, co-ordinator of Leeds West Foodbank, said: “It is fantastic that these young people have chosen to support our foodbank.

“There has definitely been an increase in the number of families who have turned to us over the summer holidays.

“The need is growing at the same time and the food is going out as soon as it comes in.”

The foodbank, which recently launched a new service in Old Farnley, is looking to start sessions in Armley and Wortley.

But they need an army of 100 volunteers to support its collections.

A new service was also recently launched at Temple Lawn Community Centre in Rothwell, and is the seventh launched by Leeds South Foodbank since October.

Councillor Karen Bruce, chair of the Outer South Community Committee, added: “Just by putting an extra item in your basket at the supermarket and donating it, you won’t feel it at the checkout but it will make a huge difference.”


* East Leeds: Oxford Place Methodist centre, on Mon and Thur 2pm to 4pm.

* North Leeds: Moor Allerton Methodist Church, Alderton Rise, on Mon, Wed and Fri from 11am to 1pm or Lister Hill Baptist Church, Horsforth, 2pm to 4pm on Wed and Fri, 10am to noon Sat.

* South Leeds: Middleton Methodist Church on Wed from 9.30am to 4pm; drop off food at Hunslet Methodist Church, Telford Terrace on Wed from 10am to noon.

* West Leeds: 13 Redlane Mill, Farsley on Tue from 10am to 4pm. Collection points are also located at Tesco, in Bramley; Asda, in Pudsey; Morrish Solicitors, in Pudsey, and The Mill Kitchen, in Farsley.


Milk (UHT or powdered)

Sugar (500g)

Fruit juice (carton)

Tinned meat/fish

Tinned veg/fruit


Pasta sauces

Sponge Pudding (tinned)


Rice Pudding (tinned)

Tea bags/instant coffee

Instant Mashed potato



Biscuits/snack bars

Toilet roll

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