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Plea to help food bank as demand increases

Tins and boxed items on the shelves at Driffield Food Bank.
Tins and boxed items on the shelves at Driffield Food Bank.

Members of the West Wolds branch of the Labour Party are involved an a new campaign to help food bank users in the area.

A number of Pocklington and district residents use the Driffield Food Bank and the party is trying to improve and expand links between the service to support people in need.

Members are also asking residents to make a donation at three collection points in the area to help take some of the growing pressure off the food bank.

Collection points in the Pocklington area include Sainsbury’s Pocklington, Church of All Saints, Pocklington and St John the Baptist Church Wilberfoss.

Meanwhile, the Labour Party is trying to highlight the fact that the service is there for people who are struggling to make ends meet.

Mike Collier, secretary of the branch, said: “The Driffield Food Bank does a marvellous job and the remarkable manager Angela Train and her volunteers are amazing.

“They are providing food for people in need in Pocklington and Market Weighton but the service needs your help.

“The immediate concerns are getting food to Driffield and for people who are in desperate need to understand where they can get access to the food via the social services.

“We are urging residents to support the food bank by donating packaged or tinned items that are well within the sell-by date, as any out of date food is discarded.

“People who are in need of food can to get in touch with social services or the two local children’s centres who will issue vouchers if they pass the right criteria.

“Clearly there is a need for support in the area. There are plans to make it easier for people to access the service, but we need to keep the pressure off by collecting more food and recruiting more volunteers.”

The Labour Party’s appeal for goods last year saw people donate more than 350kg of food and toys for the food bank.

However, families who needed help over Christmas were issued more than two tonnes of food. Many of these people are actually in work.

For people in Pocklington, Market Weighton and surrounding areas who are in real need of food, vouchers can be obtained from: The Children’s Centre, Kilnwick Road, Pocklington or Market Weighton Children’s Centre, Princess Road, Market Weighton.