Hundreds of struggling, starving families are having to turn to St George’s Community Centre’s food bank for help.
During the past six months 289 parcels have been handed out by volunteers at the Lupset food bank, which is run in partnership with St George’s Church.
The parcels have fed 439 adults and 307 children and the figures are rising.
People struggling financially and in need of support are referred by local agencies and can collect food parcels on Tuesdays.
Last week city MP Mary Creagh paid a visit to see how the food bank is helping the community.
She spoke to volunteers about their work and had lunch with them in the centre’s coffee shop.
Ms Creagh said: “Sadly, there is a growing need for food banks in Wakefield.
“It was a pleasure to meet the volunteers at the centre and to hear about the inspirational work they’re doing to support local families who are struggling and to combat loneliness through the centre’s lunch club.”
The lunch club provides a three course meal every Friday for £3.50.
It gives people who may otherwise be isolated the chance to make friends and having a cooked meal.
The community centre receives food weekly from Fare Share, which collects food with a short shelf life from supermarkets and makes sure it is put to good use rather than wasted.
Lesley Wagstaff, community centre manager, said: “We appreciated the visit from Mary.
“It gave us a chance to highlight what we do for the community.”
For more information about St George’s Community Centre visit www.stgeorgeslupset.org.uk