‘Buy another tin an bring it in’ - Courier public campaign to support Calderdale Food Drop-In Centre

Calderdale Food and Support food collection at the Halifax Courier building.'From the left, front counter staff Jen Noble and Lucy Davis with David Fawcett from Calderdale Food and Support and Gareth Ewing, Lloyds Banking Group business connector.
Calderdale Food and Support food collection at the Halifax Courier building.'From the left, front counter staff Jen Noble and Lucy Davis with David Fawcett from Calderdale Food and Support and Gareth Ewing, Lloyds Banking Group business connector.

Please support Calderdale Food Drop-In Centre. Buy an extra tin and bring it in to the Courier reception and we’ll deliver it to the food bank.

Every Saturday, more than 100 people, living on the poverty line, queue on Ebenezer church steps, Pellon Lane, Halifax, and collect food parcels put together by a team of volunteers; donated by generous Calderdale individuals, organisations and businesses.

As cuts to benefits, stringent legislation and rising fuel bills creep in this winter, more and more vulnerable Calderdale people and families will need the help of charitable services to survive.

In an ongoing campaign to support the food-bank, we’re asking the public to make donations of tins and non-perishable food items to the Courier frontdesk which we will then deliver to CalderdaleFood Drop-In Centre, on your behalf.

Calderdale Food Drop-In Centre manager David Fawcett said: “Our number of clients has risen sharply recently, and we expect it to continue into the winter months. We really need the help of the community of Calderdale as we move into probably the most difficult winter at the food bank to ensure the poor, homeless and destitute receive food and support.”

Seconded from Lloyds Banking Group to bridge the gap between corporate and voluntary sectors, business connector Gareth Ewing, said: “Lloyds have a responsibility to work with their local communities. A great example of this has been the Calderdale Food Drop-In campaign.”

Courier reception is open for food donations from the public Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm (closed 12:30-1:30pm).

Every week, Calderdale Food Drop-In Centre gives out approximately 130 food parcels to vulnerable people living below £35 (over 25s) and under £25 (under 25s).

Food donations come from church congregations, individuals and businesses who have backed the campaign - including the Tower House hotel, Halifax; Orchard, Elland; Switalskis solicitors, Halifax.

The campaign hopes to encourage more businesses to get on-board - to find out more email gareth.ewing@bitconnect.org.uk

We’re asking for your support: in addition to your weekly shop please buy a few extra items and drop them into food donation bins in the Halifax Courier reception where Jen and Lucy will welcome you with a warm smile.