Do you need a handy list of food banks in West Yorkshire? Take a look at the following selection.
In late 2013, local churches and community members worked together to start the Leeds South and East Food Bank in Leeds. The volunteers who operate this charity depend on referrals from area agencies to determine who might need their services. Those who contact them are given an appointment to visit where a staff member will discuss any nutritional requirements or preferences before a package of suitable non-perishable food is provided.
2. Helping Aid
As the gravity of the pandemic came into focus in early 2020, members of the Leeds community decided to act against the looming hardships they knew would go with it. They established Helping Aid, which includes a food bank dedicated to helping prevent food poverty in the area. Food bank doors are open two days per week to distribute carrier bags filled with the groceries families need to fill their tables.
The Bradford North Food Bank opened in the winter of 2010 at the Light Church in Bradford. Since then, volunteers have worked with The Trussell Trust to fulfill the agency referrals they are sent with compassion. After an initial interview with staff, recipients are given a three-day emergency supply of food to see them through while they wait for other assistance they can be provided to be received.
The pandemic has been brutal on many families, and the volunteers who recognized the mounting food insecurity in Bradford answered a call to do something about it in 2020. They created the Horton Bank Top Community Food Bank to distribute non-perishable food to anyone needing supplemental groceries. They open their doors by appointment to provide carrier bags to drive up or walk up recipients.
Since Huddersfield community members founded the Welcome Centre in 1997, the need for food banks has risen from thousands of beneficiaries per year to more than a million. As the current economic crisis rages on, that number may continue to grow for years to come. As one of the largest food banks in England, this organisation is well suited to the challenge. They provide non-perishable food via referrals and can deliver when necessary.
The Branch Community Food Share at Jubilee Centre in Huddersfield has been helping the community around them since Dr Michael Schluter founded them in 1983. They operate as a low-pay grocery hub, charging a small fee for entry to the centre where you can shop for the food items you prefer at no additional cost. The food bank uses the fees paid by recipients and donations to purchase overstock food in bulk directly from the manufacturers.
Are you in Batley and looking for help with food insecurity? Visit the Batley Food Bank for assistance. This food bank works on a referral basis, providing up to 7 days’ worth of non-perishable items to those who need some relief from trying to make ends meet. They are open five days a week to distribute pre-packaged parcels to all who seek their help and can provide smaller amounts to those who need emergency assistance until they can secure a referral.
Christians Together Calderdale (CTC) operates The Gathering Place, a food bank they founded to help those facing food poverty in Halifax. In addition to a food bank that passes out parcels of non-perishable items once a week to all in need, they provide community meals open to the public three days per week. In the winter, they also function as a warming center with food and snacks available to those who need to get in from the cold.
If you are having trouble keeping food on your table in Dewsbury, you can call or visit Fusion Food Bank. Founded by community minded businesses in 2010, this organisation has been a source of hope for many experiencing food poverty. They work on a referral basis to provide non-perishable food to thousands each year. Self-referrals are accepted in emergency situations where an agency referral can’t be quickly obtained.
Spurred by the pandemic, the volunteers who founded Dewsbury South Community Support have been instrumental in helping the members of Dewsbury combat food insecurity in their homes. In addition to aiding with financial concerns, they offer a food pantry where recipients can receive pre-selected parcels of non-perishable groceries meant to stretch their food budget further each month.