Knottingley food bank helps its 2000th family

Newspaper: Pontefract & Castleford Express.'Story: Knottingley food bank get �1000 worth of food donated from Dooson Babcock, who are contractors at Ferrybridge power station.'Photo date: 15/09/15'Picture Ref: AB215a0915

Newspaper: Pontefract & Castleford Express.'Story: Knottingley food bank get �1000 worth of food donated from Dooson Babcock, who are contractors at Ferrybridge power station.'Photo date: 15/09/15'Picture Ref: AB215a0915

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After feeding more than 2,000 families in less than two years, Knottingley food bank will be able to help hundreds more thanks to a donation from a contractor at Ferrybridge Power Station.

The facility, at the Elim Pastoral Church, Tithe Barn Road, has received £970 worth of food from Doosan Babcock - which is currently based at Ferrybridge.

Staff from the company spent the day at the food bank earlier this month as part of a day of voluntary work in the community.

Janet Burns, project leader, said: “We are very grateful to Doosan Babcock for the donation.

“It’s wonderful of them to think of us and it will go a long way to helping hundreds of families in our area.”

The food bank is open twice a week and gives out emergency food parcels to people assessed as being in ‘crisis’.

Families are referred to the facility by doctors, housing workers, children’s centres, schools and social workers.

Mrs Burns said: “We are coming up to our second anniversary in October and we have already fed more than 2,000 families.

“The demand just keeps getting more and more and shows no signs of stopping or slowing down.”

Staff from Dooson Babcock raised the £970 through fundraising activities.

They then spent the money on non-perishable foods and handed it over to the food bank volunteers at its distribution centre.

Mrs Burns said: “It was just amazing how much food there was.

“They had to bring it on a little loader there was so much.

“It will help us continue our work with families who are, unfortunately, in some quite desperate situations.”