4,000 tins for disadvantaged

Voluntary Action for Calderdale tin food.  Stuart Rumney, Soo Nevison, Janet Garner, Olwen Edwards and Neil Howarth.
Voluntary Action for Calderdale tin food. Stuart Rumney, Soo Nevison, Janet Garner, Olwen Edwards and Neil Howarth.

A Sowerby Bridge food company has pledged its support to Calderdale charities by donating 4,000 tins of food - making life easier for disadvantaged individuals and families, this Christmas.

More and more people are relying on food donations to make ends meet in economic hardship - The Trussell Trust reported a 170 per cent rise in people turning to food banks, over the last 12 months.

Every Saturday, more than 100 people queue on the steps of Ebenezer Church, Halifax, to receive a week’s worth of food.

To help alleviate poverty in Calderdale, Rotarian Olwen Edwards has liased with food manufacturer Ye Olde Oak Foods to distribute 4,000 tins of chicken and hotdogs to charities who will give to clients, in time for Christmas.

Beneficiaries include homeless charity SmartMove, Calderdale Food Drop-In Centre and Todmorden Food Bank.

In 2012, Mark Rose of Ye Olde Foods Ltd donated thousands of tins of beef Bolognese which was voluntarily distributed by DHL who has agreed again to deliver tins to Voluntary Action for Calderdale.

UK sales controller of Ye Olde Oak Foods Ltd, Mark Rose said: “Since moving to Calderdale, three-years-ago, we’ve always felt very much a part of the community so we’re extremely proud to be able to do our bit to help Calderdale’s homeless and vulnerable.”

Rotarian Olwen Edwards said: “We’re incredibly greatful to Mark and DHL for their community spirit and help with logistics of delivery of this massive donation.”