Following a generous response to their foodbank collection at the start of December, volunteers from Pudsey Labour Party will be holding a series of collections during 2019, starting on Saturday, January 5th, writes Chris Dunford-Kelk.
Demands on foodbanks have been even heavier than expected recently following the introduction of Universal Credit in the area, and one local foodbank ran completely out of food and toiletries at one point in early December.
Pudsey Labour Party’s collections will continue to benefit the Leeds North and West Foodbank, which distributes food in Pudsey and Bramley amongst other places.
Vicky Clifton, on behalf of the volunteers, said:
“We were overwhelmed at the incredible generosity that people have shown. The food that was donated will have helped a lot of people at what can be a very hard time of the year.
“It’s heartwarming to see the amazing community spirit from people who want to help people who aren’t as fortunate as themselves. Some people who gave food said that they’d been helped by foodbanks themselves and wanted to give something back now that they’ve turned a corner.”
Pudsey councillor Richard Lewis (Lab) said the introduction of Universal Credit has affected people who are unable to work such as those who have long-term illness or disability, and also people who are in work but need to rely on benefits due to low wages and zero hour contracts. Cllr Lewis added:
“People may have unused food left over from from the Christmas holidays, although the foodbank can only accept non-perishable food items.
“They are always in need of financial donations to cover the £50,000 a year cost of running the foodbank and a generous member of the public gave us some cash to pass on to them last time.
“While we’re happy to pass donations along, it would be better if people gave money directly to the foodbank, which gives them the opportunity to recover gift aid on the donations as well.”
Pudsey Labour’s collection will take place near Pudsey Bus Station on Saturday, January 5, from 10am until 12.30pm. Staple items the foodbank particularly needs are always listed on their website.
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