8:00am Friday 20th September 2013
By Jim Jack
An open meeting for anyone interested in helping run Otley’s first food bank will be held next week.
The organisers are close to finalising a location for the facility and are hoping to open in late November.
The 7.30pm meeting at the Salvation Army’s base on New Market on Tuesday, September 24, is both for those who have already expressed an interest and anybody else keen to lend a hand.
The need for a food bank in the town was established after Churches Together in Otley held a public meeting earlier this year and then formed a steering group.
Otley’s vicar and steering group member the Rev Graham Buttanshaw said: “We’ll be appealing for food in the next few weeks, and for help in raising funds.
“Food boxes will only be available through relevant community groups and statutory agencies, whom we are contacting and with whom we are arranging details of how this will work.”
The kinds of items Otley Food Bank will be asking for include tinned goods like vegetables, beans, spaghetti, meat, fish and rice pudding, along with rice, pasta, noodles and sauces.
They will also be collecting UHT milk, tea bags, instant coffee, long-life fruit juice and soup.
For more details send an e-mail to email@example.com.
Based at Kirkfields Business Centre on Whack House Lane, the charity can be contacted by calling (0113) 345 1218 or 07910 545569.
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