Elland company backs food drop-in campaign

Orchard Energy, Elland, supporting Calderdale Food and Support Drop-in.'From the left, Gareth Henderson, Orchard Energy managing director, Lloyds business Connector Gareth Ewing and David Fawcett from Calderdale Food and Support Drop-in.
Orchard Energy, Elland, supporting Calderdale Food and Support Drop-in.'From the left, Gareth Henderson, Orchard Energy managing director, Lloyds business Connector Gareth Ewing and David Fawcett from Calderdale Food and Support Drop-in.

An Elland business has backed a corporate campaign appealing for regular food donations to the Calderdale Food Drop-In Centre, Halifax.

Orchard Group has installed a food collection point at its Elland head quarters in the hope that employees will make regular grocery donations to help feed vulnerable people across Calderdale.

The collected foods will then be transported by Orchard to the food drop-in centre at the Ebenezer church, Halifax.

Every week, the centre gives out over 120 food parcels to people living under £35 (over 25s) and £25 per week (under 25s) and offers support and services to those in need of advice and guidance.

Orchard Group managing director Gareth Henderson said he hoped staff at the organisations three businesses - Orchard Energy, Environmental and Networks - will be inspired to help poverty stricken people and families.

“Orchard is a keen supporter of good causes that make a real and immediate difference to the lives of the most vulnerable in our society.

“We’ve provided seed funding to help establish a number of food banks in Yorkshire.

“Getting behind this latest initiative was a natural step for us and I hope our staff will consider buying an extra item in their weekly food shop and bring into work with them.”

Gareth Ewing, seconded from Lloyds Banking Group to work as a business connector for Calderdale Food Drop-In, said: “The more businesses that take part, the more food parcels can be given to families and people in need.”