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New foodbank in Horsforth will offer emergency aid
Emergency aid is to be given to people in Horsforth with the setting up of a food bank in the town in December.
The initiative is being spearheaded by all ten local churches along with one university chaplaincy.
More than 80 people turned out last week to an open meeting where there were presentations about the need for a food bank in the area.
The Rev Richard Dimery, chairman of the Horsforth food bank outlet steering group, said: “We clearly can’t meet everyone’s need, but across Leeds and even in Horsforth there are people having to choose between heating, rent or food, as well as parents having to go hungry themselves to feed their children. So we are meeting that emergency need with food parcels for people in crisis while being able to signpost them on to further help.”
Vouchers to be redeemed at food banks will be issued by statutory bodies including children’s centres, GPs, health visitors, police, social workers and others.
Clients will be given three vouchers per crisis, each of which can be redeemed for a three-day supply of food.
The Horsforth food bank is part of the Leeds North food bank, which opened its first outlet in Moortown this week, but it will be co-ordinated locally and staffed with volunteers.
A December opening is planned and the group is working with the support of the Trussell Trust, which is helping to set up food banks all over the UK.
In Leeds alone there will be four food banks – North, South, East and West – which will be able to share resources, training and expertise.
There are currently almost 400 Trussell Trust food banks and in 2012-13 they fed 346,992 people nationwide. Of those helped, 126,889 were children.
Anyone who wants to donate food or funding, host a collection point or enquire about volunteering should e-mail Tom Ferry at foodbankhorsforth@ gmail.com or call him on at 07748 098482.
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