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Hundreds turn to food bank for help

Portakabin have donated a Portakbin to the Knottingley Food Bank so they can store more food at the facility, Janet Burns, David Pickles and Carol Caine. (p623a412)

Portakabin have donated a Portakbin to the Knottingley Food Bank so they can store more food at the facility, Janet Burns, David Pickles and Carol Caine. (p623a412)

Hundreds of starving people in Knottingley have called on the help of the town’s food bank since it opened five months ago.

The food bank, at the Elim Pastoral Church on Tithe Barn Road, 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.

The food bank will be now able to store more food after Portakabin donated a storage unit after being contacted by MP Yvette Cooper.

Janet Burns, project leader, said: “We only opened in October and have already fed about 200 people.

“The new storage unit won’t necessarily mean we can feed more people because they are referred to us by other agencies.

“But it will mean we can store more food.”

The food bank needs more donations and volunteers - to help call Mrs Burns on 01977 676673.

 

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