Food bank appeal pays off

BATLEY residents have pitched in to help the town’s food bank after an appeal to the community.

The Indian Muslim Welfare Society (IMWS) heard the difficulties and demand that Batley Food Bank was facing at a recent Meet Your Neighbours event, organised and held by the IMWS at the Al-Hikmah Centre.

Volunteers met with food bank chairman Ken Lowe to find out how they could help. Local masjids and madressahs joined in with distributing leaflets – leading to thousands of items being collected.

Tinned foods, soups, cakes and pasta, toothpaste, toilet rolls and soaps were all donated.

IMWS chairman Saied Laher said: “The food parcels kept coming. I was overwhelmed with the generosity of our community and hope the parcels will go some way to helping those in need.

“The IMWS is this year celebrating its 60th year as a community organisation. “During this time we are very pleased to say we have had the opportunity to work with many local charities and appeals and will continue to do so.

“I would like to take this opportunity to highlight the important work that the food bank volunteers do week-in week-out. Without their dedication and hard work, so many of our local families would be in a struggle.

“I also want to thank everyone who helped and donated to this appeal, in particular the volunteers who gave their time, energy and vehicles to this needy cause. It is this community spirit that builds a stronger community that we can all be proud of.”

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