New wheels help expand foodbank care

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Wetherby and District Foodbank has been given a huge boost which will enable it to exend its services to more needy families.

Meat suppliers Sykes House Farm of Wetherby have donated the use of a van and have even taxed and insured it and promise to maintain it and provide fuel.

Chair of Trustees, Gail Bowen said: “We could not believe it when we got the news about the offer.

“Not only will it allow us to extend our services to Tadcaster, something we have wished to do for some time now, but it also means that other local charities, including other foodbanks such as the one in Harrogate, will be able to use the vehicle.

“It is a gift of huge impact and importance to our foodbank and our community, and we are enormously grateful.”

The jointly liveried vehicle can be seen in the district out on its own business or collecting and delivering food for the Foodbank, or being used by another local charity.

Robert from Sykes House Farm said: “We have always done numerous small things for the local community but the Foodbank charity is something where we thought we could help in real terms. 

“We believe community spirited charitable activities should be a key driver for any local business. 

“We had a resource that we could make available to the Foodbank team, and other associated charities, so it was just a question of how to make it happen. 

“The Foodbank team are the ones doing the hard work and they can’t be praised enough; we hope the use of our vehicles eases that pressure.”

Wetherby and District Foodbank was set up in February this year to answer the call from families in urgent need of food.

It has gone on to help many households in the Wetherby, Tadcaster and Boston Spa areas.

Gail added: “Not only is it a great resource for us but it will be a mobile advertisement for the foodbank as well.”

Anyone needing help or wanting to help should call 07840 455725.