Food bank set up in Normanton to help feed struggling families

Jenny Farrall-Bird
Jenny Farrall-Bird
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Hungry families struggling to feed their children are to receive a major boost thanks to a new food bank to be set up in Normanton.

The service will see items donated by people and businesses, parcelled up and passed on to those in need across the town.

It will be run at a new community centre, which is set to open in time for Christmas.

The Well at Haw Hill is currently being created in a former agricultural storage building at Haw Hill Park, off Castleford Road.

It will also include a clothes bank and new youth club to keep youngsters off the street.

It is being run by the charity behind the successful The Well at Woodhouse, based on Queen Elizabeth Drive.

Centre manager Jenny Farrall-Bird, of Normanton, said she has already received lots of donated food items.

She said: “We are looking forward to offering a food bank as we have found there is a massive growing need.

“We have grown from offering something just for young people to catering for the whole community.”

The voluntary-run scheme could also include a clothes bank, where unwanted items could be passed on to those in need.

And the system could also see simple measures like a uniform swap help take off the pressure from parents who often find they have high schooling costs.

The centre will be used as a new youth club on Friday evenings for teenagers to meet. It is being backed by Wakefield Council and the police as another measure to keep youngsters active.

It will include a place for them to meet as well as a new open plan kitchen, which will be used to teach them basic cooking skills.

But Mrs Farrall-Bird said it will also be used to teach cooking skills to adults, helping them to make healthy meals for their families, while on a budget.

She is in need of volunteers to help with anything from running events for children to providing cooking tips for families.

And items of food and clothes to be donated.

Charities have said they have seen an increase in demand for food banks nationally as high fuel bills, job cuts and cost of living takes its toll on people.

A food bank run at St Catherine’s Church, in Agbrigg, has seen demand multiply over the past few months and is struggling to cope with demand.

While the Salvation Army has also reported an increase in demand for food parcels which are distributed from its centre on Vicarage Street, Wakefield.

To volunteer or make donations contact Jenny Farrall-Bird at The Well at Woodhouse, on Queen Elizabeth Drive, Normanton, from Monday to Friday or call 01924 892410.