VOLUNTEERS at Batley Food Bank are desperately appealing for donations after running out of supplies.
A recent spike in demand has left their shelves almost empty and the group’s treasurer, Arif Ahmad, said: “The vast majority of our donations come from the general public, and for many years that was more than enough.
“However, given the unprecedented demand there’s an imbalance on what we get as donations and what we give out.
“If you can make any donation, even if it’s one can of food, we’d be delighted to receive that.”
Earlier this week Batley & Spen MP Tracy Brabin visited the food bank and spoke of her frustration.
Ms Brabin bemoaned the government’s decision to suspend parliament, which means she can longer introduce a ‘Right to Food’ Bill, aimed at outlawing food poverty.
She said: “Batley Food Bank and other food banks across the country do excellent work in helping those in need. From my visits there, I know that Batley Food Bank are helping over 150 people per week.
“But with a crisis of this scale, we need the government to take action. A Right to Food Bill would have forced the government to take notice and act to tackle food poverty.”
Donations can be dropped off 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.