The Courier campaign asking the public to ‘buy an extra tin and bring it in’ for Calderdale Food Drop-In Centre has had a overwhelming response.
Thank you for generous donations of tins, pasta, nonperishable foods, toiletries and other household items.
On Thursday, we transported your donations to Ebenezer Church, Pellon Lane, Halifax, - where, each Saturday, a team of dedicated volunteers give out over 100 food parcels to vulnerable people living below £35 per week.
The donations were warmly received by volunteers Jennie Phillips and Hazel Murgatroyd.
Jennie, who has been volunteering at the centre since it began, five-years-ago said: “On Saturday, we gave out our 24,000 parcel.
“People’s generosity is really touching. I get more out of volunteering then I would from a paid wage. I’ve had difficulties in the past; it’s nice to be able to give back and help people who are struggling. It could be your daughter or son - don’t think of them as strangers. Government cuts are needed but there will be victims of welfare changes.”
Calderdale Food and Support Centre manager David Fawcett said: “The centre aims to support individuals and families struggling due to the recession and welfare reform cuts. Our number of clients has risen sharply and we expect it to continue into the winter.
“The support we’ve received over summer from the public and Calderdale businesses has been amazing. Hopefully this will continue to grow as we move into probably the most difficult winter the food bank has experienced.”
Presently, the centre relies on food donations from local churches and businesses.
Every Thursday, the Courier will deliver donations to the centre. The Courier reception is open for public food donations Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm (closed 12:30-1:30pm).