Recognising the impact Covid-19 has placed on families, Elland firm Evotech, in Lowfields Close, has donated food and hygiene products to CTC The Gathering Place Food Bank, in St James Road.
This week members of the Evotech team donned their Christmas jumpers and delivered two vans loads of food to support the food bank, which has seen a substantial increase in requests for emergency food parcels since the beginning of the pandemic.
Becky Maslen from CTC The Gathering Place Food Bank, said: “We've seen a sharp increase in the number of families visiting the food bank since the beginning of March.
"We appreciate the support of local companies like Evotech who are helping make individual and family lives better during extreme financial hardship.
"Last year we were handing out approximately 80 parcels a week, at the moment it is averaging at around 190 a week.
"This donation will help across all our projects including the Food Bank, Free Cafe and Homeless Shelter.
"We’d like to thank Evotech on behalf of The Gathering Place.”
John Lumb at Evotech said: "While Evotech has continued to provide services throughout the pandemic, many sectors have been closed down with many staff laid off for the short term at least.
"We have seen first-hand the financial difficulties the pandemic has caused, and we wanted to help the most vulnerable families in our immediate locality to put food on the table over Christmas.”
Evotech provides mechanical and electrical building maintenance services to both public and private sectors and specialises in optimising building performance to improve the environment for occupants, and reduce energy and carbon emissions, while keeping buildings compliant with the latest regulations.
With a successful track-record for the implementation of environmentally friendly initiatives that improve building environments, the company puts sustainability at the heart of its building maintenance and performance solutions.
The CTC charity works to end food poverty and homelessness, by providing food parcels for people who are eligible and running a shelter to keep the homeless temporarily housed during the Covid-19 crisis, where an evening meal and breakfast is provided.
The charity’s pay what you can café, provides meals for everyone with no obligation to pay, although all donations help to provide a free meal to those in most need.
On December 25, the centre will provide a warm Christmas meal to elderly and vulnerable people and the homeless: www.ctcthegatheringplace.org