Real Junk Food Project bring Christmas kindness to  thousands in Wakefield  homes in West Yorkshire

Thousands of families received food parcels and gifts just in time for Christmas thanks to the kindness of a massive team of volunteers,

Thursday, 24th December 2020, 10:37 am
Updated Thursday, 24th December 2020, 10:40 am

The Real Junk Food Project (TRJFP) has delivered 8,000 food parcels to homes across West Yorkshire and in doing so saved 70 tonnes of food from going to waste.

Running throughout December The #Kindness Christmas project made sure people living in Wakefield and the rest of West Yorkshire had the chance to receive a free food hamper and gifts.

Founder of TRJFP, Adam Smith said: "It wasn't just about getting parcels to everybody, it was more about focusing on the amount of waste that was generated, our warehouse is full of food and they shouldn't be.

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The charity intercepts food from businesses and supermarkets from going to waste.

"The whole point of this was not to gloat at Christmas that we could do this but to highlight how much food waste there is."

TRJFP intercepts unsold food from businesses and supermarkets which would otherwise go to waste to make the food hampers.

He said they faced many challenges in completing the project including not having enough drivers to make the deliveries with 13,000 people registering for a food parcel or gift.

But hundreds of volunteers stepped in to help prepare the boxes, wrap gifts and to deliver the parcels from TRJFP base in Stourton, Leeds

Hundreds of volunteers helped prepare the boxes to be distributed.

A total of 3,000 presents were donated to the project with The Lithuanian Community in Leeds helping out to wrap them all.

Many businesses, including Sky Bet, also stepped in to help out by sending members of their staff to help deliver the parcels.

Adam said: "The impact of this has been amazing because now thousands more people know about us here, and it hopefully means we can grow."

It is hoped the charity can do this again next year

Hundreds of volunteers come forward to deliver the food parcels across West Yorkshire
Volunteers prepared and delivered thousands of parcels throughout December.