A FOODBANK is being launched at Haworth.

Anyone in the Worth Valley struggling to get enough to eat can access the service.

The foodbank – at West Lane Baptist Church – will be open on Tuesdays and Fridays, between 2pm and 3pm, from February 4.

Minister, the Rev Chris Upton, says that for many years the church and its user groups have collected items for the Keighley Salvation Army foodbank.

But he was approached by a local nurse practitioner, Helen O’Connell, who was aware of people in Haworth in food poverty who were unable to get to Keighley.

“Together we worked out a plan to take food directly from our collection point at the church to a local family in need – but sadly this was not an isolated incident,” said the Rev Upton.

“So we came up with the idea to start the Haworth foodbank, which we hope will be of use to anyone in the Worth Valley who is struggling. It’s not much, but it is better than nothing.

“If you are in need, then please, please come along. Everybody will be treated with utmost respect and in the strictest confidence.”

Organisers are also appealing for donations of foodstuffs – particularly UHT milk, breakfast cereal, tinned fish, pasta sauce, tinned fruit and toiletries.

Drop-off points have been set-up at the village’s Spar store, Haworth Medical Practice and West Lane Baptist Church.