The number of people needing help from a food bank has set a new unwelcome high.
Last week 100 parcels were given out at St Catherine’s Church on Doncaster Road –the highest recorded.
In January2013 only 50 parcels of basic foodstuffs were issued but this year 500 were handed out during the same month.
Allum’s Butchers is the latest city firm to show its support by donating unsold food including pies, meat and bread.
Lisa Grant, centre manager at the food bank, said: “It’s fantastic to have Allum’s on board. At the moment our cupboards are bare – we used to have what we called ‘the great wall of pasta’ and that has gone.
“We only give out one parcel per person per week but the demand has gone up tenfold and we are struggling to keep up.
“The reforms to the welfare system are really starting to bite and people don’t have enough money to feed themselves.”
Allum’s, based on Brook Street, say they will donate all their unsold produce.
Jonathan Allum, director, said: “We’re a butchers and bakers and everything has a two-day shelf life.
“Now the items that we don’t sell will be dropped off at the food bank.
“The number of people that need help seems to get bigger and bigger.
“It’s a worthy cause and we want to do what we can.”
Greggs and Morrisons are already donating food to the church but supplies are falling to critical levels.
Ms Grant added: “We always need staples such as pasta and rice.
“Tinned vegetables are really useful, especially tinned tomatoes.
“The level of demand keeps rising and we are worried about how we will cope.”
To obtain a food parcel people must be referred by a GP, the job centre or other organisations.
To donate, visit the church centre or call 01924 211130. Donations can also be made at www.stcatherines-wakefield.org.uk using PayPal.