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Craven and Wharfedale food banks launch Christmas appeals

Skipton food bank

Published at 7:03am 6th December 2018. (Updated at 7:04am 6th December 2018)

With Christmas just weeks away, food banks in Craven and Wharfedale are appealing for help. 

  • Skipton Food Bank has given out nearly a thousand food parcels in Craven over the last 12 months 
  • It's launched a Christmas Appeal
  • It gives 'Christmas in a bag' to families and single people across Skipton and Craven
  • Ilkley Food Bank also needs extra donations to cover the Christmas period 
  • It currently supports 17 families 

 

Skipton food bank
Just a small section of the large store room of Skipton food bank

 

Phil Sage, Manager of Skipton Food Bank said: 

"We meet people from all sorts of backgrounds, all walks of life. People who've maybe just lost their job or separated from their partner. Or people who are struggling most of the time but have just hit an unexpected bill.

"The hampers are basically Christmas in a box or a bag for people who wouldn't otherwise be able to afford the luxuries or nice things we come to expect at Christmas. Christmas puddings, mince pies, chocolates for the kids, those sort of things."

As well as giving out Christmas hampers, the food bank says Christmas is their busiest time of year for parcels of food.

Phil added:

"The timings of benefits change. Sometimes seasonal workers find themselves out of work. Our need has been increasing year by year."

To find out what to donate and where to drop it off, visit www.skiptonfoodbank.org 

Ilkley food bank has been running for the last 6 years. 

Ilkley food bank is currently in need of: 

  • Fresh meat 
  • Jam  
  • Pasta sauce 
  • Washing powder 
  • Cleaning supplies 
  • Toiletries  
Ilkley food bank
Ilkley food bank's supplies  

 

Val Smith, Committee Member of Ilkley Food Bank said: 

"When people ask us about all the food and we explain what we're doing with it, their first reaction is in Ilkley?! 

"We say yes, Ilkley. And Burley, Menston, Addingham, Silsden. It's even worse in this area because of transport costs and housing costs."

You can make donations to Ilkley Food Bank at Booths and Tesco. 

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