Town’s food bank gets cash boost

New food bank has opened at Smawthorne Community Centre
New food bank has opened at Smawthorne Community Centre

A Castleford church which is helping families in need across the town hasreceived a cash boost.

The food bank at Smawthorne Community Centre – run by Smawthorne Community Church – has received a £100 donation from the town’s Yorkshire Building Society.

The building society has also set up a drop off point in its Carlton Street branch where residents can donate food.

Alastair Townsley, branch manager, said: “The users of this service really value the help they receive so we are glad to be able to assist Smawthorne Community Project, which is supporting people in difficult circumstances.”

Linda Weeks, of the church, thanked the building society for its support.

She said: “It is great when a community works together to help others who have found themselves in difficult circumstances often through no fault of their own.”

The food bank, also supported by other Castleford churches, opened its doors for the first time in July.

It is open on Friday from 6pm to 8pm, for collection and donation of food parcels.

Donations of cereals, tea, coffee, biscuits, long-life milk, tinned foods, and other long-life foods can be made.

For more information contact the centre on 01977 514477.