Church given £5,000 for food store

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A church has been given £5,000 to fund their emergency food store to help Morley people.

St Catherine’s Cof E Church in Wakefield received the money from the Santander Foundation to help with their aid of individuals and families from theMorley and Wakefield areas who are in desperate need of food.

The grant will go towards developing the service to provide further support and information for people accessing the food store, and to help tackle the underlying issues which drive individuals towards needing an emergency food store.

The Santander Foundation offers grants to UK registered charities for projects that help disadvantaged people in local communities.

Jacqueline Duffy, from Santander’s Morley branch said: “The Santander Foundation makes hundreds of donations every year to good causes throughout the UK. Our branch is committed to playing a key part in the community and we are delighted to be supporting St Catherine’s Emergency Food Store, and hope the donation makes a real difference to local people.”

Lisa Grant, centre manager at St Catherine’s Church Centre said: “We are thrilled and so very grateful to have been awarded this money. It will make a real difference to the development of our service and provide more in-depth, much needed support to the thousands of people who access our emergency food store on a yearly basis.”

Use of foodbanks is expected to rise over the coming months as the cost of living increases.