Helping for half a decade

Food Bank presentation at Ebenezer Church, Pellon Lane, Halifax. Jennie Phillips, Laura Tacey, Andrew Griffin, Miriam Waters and Barbara Robinson.
Food Bank presentation at Ebenezer Church, Pellon Lane, Halifax. Jennie Phillips, Laura Tacey, Andrew Griffin, Miriam Waters and Barbara Robinson.

For half a decade, Calderdale Food and Support Centre has helped feed thousands of people living below the poverty line.

Saturday December 7 marks the fifth birthday of the Ebenezer Church, Halifax, food bank. Since it began in 2008, the centre has given out 25,000 food parcels.

Food queues outside Ebenezer Church, Halifax.

Food queues outside Ebenezer Church, Halifax.

To date in 2013, the centre has given out 6,000 parcels - a 20 per cent average annual rise.

Volunteer Barabara Robinson, pictured, said: “It’s a worrying sign of the times - more people are using food banks. The amount of people affected by cuts will continue to rise.”

Centre awareness has spread beyond church congregation support to corporate and public donations.

Lloyds business connector Gareth Ewing, who instigated a corporate campaign encouraging businesses to donate groceries and items to the centre, said: “The centre achieves brilliant work and I’m delighted to see the local business community begin to really get behind this charity - long may it continue.”

Businesses employees regularly donating food include Orchard Energy, Elland, Switalski Solicitors and Citizens Advice Bureau, Halifax.

Ye Olde Oak Foods, based in Sowerby Bridge, recently donated 4,000 tins of chicken and hotdogs to charities across Calderdale, including Halifax’s food bank.

The Courier recently asked readers to donate food to our King Cross reception - each week we have taken a boot-full of food to centre volunteers, pictured. Thank you for your generosity - so long as donations come in, we shall continue to transport to the centre.

Calderdale Food and Support Centre manager David Fawcett said: “Our number of clients has risen sharply and we expect it to continue into the winter. Hopefully this will continue to grow as we move into probably the most difficult winter the food bank has experienced.”