A Wakefield food bank has received a welcome boost for Christmas, thanks to a massive donation of milk from Wakefield District Round Table.
St Catherine’s Emergency Food Bank was given 126 gallons of milk to help cope with demand over the winter.
The milk was paid for by money raised by the round table’s annual festival of beer in June.
Jonathan Williams, project co-ordinator at St Catherine’s, said, “The donation is vital as demand is very high and milk is relatively expensive. Last year we distributed 3,000 food parcels and this year we are expecting to distribute even more.
“When Matthew Wood from the round table arrived with 126 gallons of milk for us, I honestly couldn’t believe my eyes.”
The food bank - which is the largest in Wakefield and the Five Towns - provides hot meals for the homeless, referrals for debt advice and food parcels for families who are struggling financially. It organises an annual hardship lunch and has opened the first recovery café for sufferers of mental illness.
The facility, on Doncaster Road, has also organised its third annual community Christmas dinner on Monday, December 21, for homeless people and families in need.
Lisa Grant, centre manager, said: “Unfortunately this service is more vital than ever and without our food parcels many adults and children across Wakefield would genuinely have nothing to eat.”
Anyone who wants to help the food bank can volunteer with its bag packing events at Sainsbury’s, Ings Road, from 9am to 5pm on Saturday, December 12, and at Asda, Asdale Road, from 9am to 5pm on Saturday, December 19.
For more information, visit www.stcatherines-wakefield.org.uk or call 01924 211130.