A food bank will be opening in Gildersome to provide families in need with emergency food aid.
Meetings have been held over the last few months to discuss the possibility of a food bank scheme being opened locally after the question of need was raised by a group of Morley church leaders.
They believed that redundancy figures, low income and lack of savings had all strengthened the need for help in the town and its surrounding areas, and estimated that around 1,000 children in the area would benefit from additional emergency food aid.
After donations from churches, schools, supermarkets, businesses and individuals, a food bank will be opening at St Peter’s Church in Gildersome on February 11.
All the food will be distributed by care professionals such as doctors, police, welfare officers and social workers who identify those in crisis and issue them with a food bank voucher.
Vouchers would then be taken to a food bank centre where they can exchange it for three days’ supply of emergency food.
Leeds (South) Food Bank currently has distribution centres in Middleton and Belle Isle and will be opening the centres in both Gildersome and Beeston next month.
For further information about the South Leeds Food Bank, volunteering and how to get the emergency help, visit the website www.leedssouth.foodbank.org.uk.