The Big Feed: Wakefield Trinity Community Foundation seeks volunteers to deliver hundreds of meals to vulnerable residents

A Wakefield charity are appealing for volunteers to help deliver hundreds of meals to elderly and vulnerable residents.

By Holly Gittins
Thursday, 18th February 2021, 4:45 pm
Wakefield Trinity Community Foundation has extended the Big Feed to provide support through lockdown.

Wakefield Trinity Community Foundation ran The Big Feed project over Christmas, as part of a project to support those in need.

Following the success of the scheme, which saw a massive 1,454 meals delivered in nine days, the team decided to extend the project to provide support through lockdown.

And the foundation are now seeking volunteers to help deliver hundreds of meals to those in need.

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The foundation’s head Craig Shepherd said: “We had the opportunity to work in collaboration with community hubs and food aid providers across the district under the Big Feed umbrella and showcase the efforts of the Wakefield district to support the elderly, vulnerable residents.

“Inevitably, the more people we can reach the greater the impact and it will help us build on the incredible achievements at Christmas.

"We took plenty of learning from the ‘Big Feed’ in December and this time around it will be more about doorstep deliveries, fine-tuning the hotline service and cascading the marketing of that to the right organisations who support people at risk.”

The Big Feed will resume on Monday, February 22.

Those in need of support can contact a dedicated hotline by calling 01924 211611 and selecting option 6.

Anyone interested in volunteering to deliver meals over the next two months should email [email protected] to get involved.

Councillor for Crofton, Ryhill and Walton, Maureen Cummings, added: “When the funding became available to work with the Wakefield Trinity Community Foundation on ‘The Big Feed’ 2021, Wakefield Council had no hesitation but to get involved.

“After working on the project back in December, it showed how much of a difference this event made to the people of our district and how a meal/social interaction can go a long way.

“January’s Lockdown has been hard for many people, so, when the opportunity arose to assemble ‘The Big Feed’ on a much larger scale, we were eager to get involved.”