A 'SOCIAL supermarket' which is helping to tackle food poverty across Keighley has seen demand for its services soar.

The Good Food Shop, in the Airedale Shopping Centre, stocks a range of food items and other essential products.

People are referred to the project by support agencies and schools.

Co-ordinator Steve Sprange says around 180 customers use the shop on a regular basis – compared to 85 in 2021 and 163 a year ago.

Opening hours have been extended, to 10am-3pm Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

As well as providing essentials, the service also signposts people to supporting partners such as Christians Against Poverty and warm spaces offered by Keighley Parish.

Mr Sprange thanks the project's volunteers and those who donate, and welcomes more donated items.

"It takes a team to keep the shop running and I'm so proud of the volunteers for the time and effort they devote," he says.

"I've seen the cost of food and essentials increase incredibly, but we receive many wonderful donations.

"As we approach harvest, should anyone have tinned goods, fruit or vegetables or bathroom items such as toothpaste they'd kindly like to donate, please do contact me."

Email steve@keighleyparish.org or call 07957 621009.