Public shows an appetite for food bank donations

Public shows an appetite for food bank donations

VOLUNTEERS at Batley Food Bank have thanked the community after their biggest-ever week of donations.

The charity was left with empty shelves last week after a recent spike in demand – but after an appeal was picked up by the media, donations came flooding in. 

One man donated over £100-worth of supplies during a collection at Asda in Dewsbury – and many more members of the community have shown their support. 

Huddersfield Town FC again contributed to the food bank through their ‘one fan, one can’ scheme at home matches, and churches in Batley and Spen continue to regularly donate supplies.  

Charlotte Hardy, team leader and trustee at the food bank, said: “This appeal has been a huge help – last week we were struggling to make one pack of supplies, never mind what we need for everyone throughout the week. This is the single biggest week of donations we’ve had in terms of the volume of food and is testament to the huge amount of local support we receive, so thank you.”

Although the charity has received an unprecedented amount of donations, Charlotte reiterated that the food bank relies on the public’s generosity on a weekly basis. 

“There isn’t any time in the year that we don’t need donations and that’s a shame. I don’t want to be giving food to people who can’t afford to feed themselves – it’s a position this country should not be in,” she said. 

Donations can be made at the food bank on Brunswick Street on Monday and Tuesday between 1pm and 3pm, Wednesday between noon and 2pm, Thursday between 6pm and 7.30pm and Friday between 1pm and 3pm. 

Other collection points include Batley Town Hall, Chickanos in Batley and Morrisons in Heckmondwike.

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