Kind-hearted Yorkshire Evening Post readers have raided their cupboards to help support desperate families this Christmas.
Individuals, businesses and other organisations across the city have joined forces to play a collective part in donating food as part of our Feed A Family campaign.
And thanks to your generosity you helped to make sure that hundreds of families who are living on the breadline can help to feed their children this Christmas.
We revealed earlier this month that a staggering 2,000 people were set to rely on the support of the city’s network of foodbanks over the festive period.
And 47 per cent of those would be children.
We asked readers to donate both food and money to their local foodbanks to ensure that our city’s most vulnerable families had a happier Christmas.
And you responded in droves, delivering Christmas treats, toiletries and much needed funds to help Trussell Trust foodbanks across Leeds to continue to provide support to some of the city’s most vulnerable residents..
Karen Burgon, co-ordinator at Leeds North and West Foodbanks, said: “We have had a large number of donations both from individuals and organizations and businesses and schools. We have also been lucky enough to receive some great financial donations.
“Thanks to all the Yorkshire Evening Post readers for their fantastic support of the foodbank both over the year and particularly at Christmas when it will make such a difference to those most in need.”
Nicola Furbisher, managing editor of the YEP, praised the campaign which has seen kind-hearted readers donate trollies full of food over the last 18 months.
And said she stressed she hopes the campaign will continue next year to help offer support to those who are facing the heartbreaking decision of heating their homes or feeding their families.
She said: “Feed A Family has helped to make a real difference to some of our most vulnerable families in Leeds.
“I am delighted that the YEP and our loyal readers have helped to play a part in ensuring that no family goes hungry this Christmas.
“And I hope that the campaign continues to go from strength to strength as we look towards the New Year.”
And Sally-Anne Greenfield, chief executive of Leeds Community Foundation, supported the campaign.
She added: “A healthy warm meal is something that everyone should be entitled to.
“Therefore, it is great to see the response from YEP readers to the Feed a Family campaign and for local foodbanks to receive much needed donations at this time of year.”
HELP STOCK UP CITY’S FOODBANKS
We launched our Feed a Family campaign at the beginning of the school holidays last year.
MPs and city leaders have come out in support of the YEP’s Feed A Family campaign.
And over the last year there has been an overwhelming response from readers who have donated food to support them.
Figures revealed over 2,000 Leeds people will rely on the foodbanks this month.
There are more than 20 food banks helping people in the city each week and nearly half of those who use them are children.