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Keighley Salvation Army opens its foodbank in August for the first time ever
6:00am Thursday 8th August 2013 in News
Keighley Salvation Army has opened its foodbank in August for the first time ever to cope with soaring demand.
Major Alison Gardner said more low-income families in particular needed the service this month, when schools were not open to provide a main meal and breakfast clubs for children.
The High Street church’s family provision has doubled in the past fortnight, but general demand has also spiralled.
“There are partners and grandparents who have the children for the holidays but there is no increase in child benefit or allowance,” said Mrs Gardner.
“Also, more and more individuals are waiting for benefits payments for over a week to ten days or have been made homeless.”
Anyone in severe need can call at the centre on a Thursday this month, between 1pm and 2.30pm, for a meal. Other food requests are by referral. A Tuesday hot meal service will reopen on September 3.
Mrs Gardner said the church had received strong support from the community, and she paid tribute to everyone who had contributed.
“We feel as a church and charity that our role is to serve suffering humanity, which means looking out for those vulnerable people who are struggling for food in this difficult economy,” she added.
“We could not deliver the service we do in Keighley without the generosity of people in the town – organisations, fellow churches, schools and individuals – and we thank everybody for their support.
“We’ve had increased donations – and the availability of volunteer resources has also risen – and this is hugely appreciated.”
But she said more help was always needed.
“At the moment, we’re particularly appealing for Halal non-perishable goods as we are receiving more food requests from people with Halal-only diets in the community, but we’re always grateful for any assistance people can provide in general – whether that be through their time, food donations or money,” said Mrs Gardner.
“Any money donated to the foodbank will be used to help feed the hungry in Keighley.”
Hot meals are also provided at Church Green on a Wednesday, between 7pm and 8pm, by the Intouch Foundation. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for further details about Keighley Salvation Army’s provision.
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