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LETTERS: ‘It’s a tragedy that food banks have to exist’

Mark Sewards (fourth from left) volunteered at the Morley food bank.

Mark Sewards (fourth from left) volunteered at the Morley food bank.

Last week I volunteered with the Morley and South Leeds food bank in collecting food donations outside Morley Asda.

I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I was amazed at the generosity of local shoppers who donated everything from a soup to cereal.

But what was clear is that they didn’t want special recognition for doing so, they were just trying to do their part to alleviate one of Britain’s fastest growing crises.

It is a tragedy that food banks have to exist at all. As budgets are being squeezed, so many families here in Morley are being forced to choose between heating, eating or just paying the rent.

We keep hearing the government talking about an economic recovery; most people just aren’t feeling the benefit. Any recovery should negate the need for food banks altogether, not force more people to turn to them in desperate times.

I’ll keep volunteering for our local food bank and I know so many who will keep donating; but our work won’t be finished until there’s no need for foodbanks to exist at all.

Mark Sewards

Elland Road, Churwell

 

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