A Morley group is hoping to set up a food bank in the town to help families who are in need of emergency food aid.
Meetings have previously been held to discuss its possibility after the question of need was raised amongst a group of Morley church leaders and they now want as many people as possible to attend a meeting next week and offer help.
They believe that redundancy figures, low income and lack of savings have all strengthened the need for help in Morley and estimate that around 1,000 children in the area would benefit from additional emergency food aid.
All the food for the banks would be donated, whether by churches, businesses, schools or through supermarket collections and distributed by care professionals such as doctors, police, welfare officers and social workers who would 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.
The Rev Mike Godfrey, vicar of St Peter’s Church, Morley, said: “We believe there is a real need for a food bank in Morley and that access to one can be up and running fairly soon – I would hope by the New Year.
“We would like as many people as possible to attend the meeting so that we can explain where we have got to and what is needed to turn ideas into reality.”
The group has already begun to build a volunteer core and need others to join them.
The work ranges from occasional help to sharing in the work of the management team.
Anyone wanting more information should go along to the meeting in Morley Town Hall on Tuesday, October 22 from 7pm for a 7.30pm start,