Citizens Advice Bureau supports Calderdale food bank

Amanda Deakin, Alastair McGregor and Karen Ashley, with donated items  at Calderdale CAB, Harrison Road, Halifax
Amanda Deakin, Alastair McGregor and Karen Ashley, with donated items at Calderdale CAB, Harrison Road, Halifax
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Calderdale Citizens Advice Bureau employees have given their support to Calderdale Food Drop-In Centre.

Staff at the charity which gives independent legal advice have initiated food collection bins at the Harrison Road, Halifax, branch.

Once-a-month CAB welfare rights specialist Mandy Deacon transports the donated foods, toiletries and household items to the Ebenezer church food bank which gives out over 100 food parcels to impoverished families and individuals, every Saturday.

After attending a conference in Manchester about the increasing demand food banks are experiencing she decided to set-up the service at work.

“At CAB, we refer a lot of people to Ebenezer food bank and as we’re using this service for our clients we thought we should contribute. We’ve had a massive response and each month my car is full of generous donations.”

Employee Karen Ashley specialises in social policy at CAB and she has witnessed a growing demand in the need for food banks.

She said: “It’s not just people on benefits who need financial support - often its people on low wages who need most help to make ends meet.”

Halifax Citizens Advice Bureau is the latest organisation to support the food bank.

If you’re a business or an organisation and would like to pledge your support to the food bank please contact the Courier or Lloyds business connector Gareth Ewing gareth.ewing@bitcconnect.org