Poverty and Inequality

24.04.20

More than 5,000 emergency food parcels delivered in Leeds

A partnership between Leeds City Council, a food and hunger charity, local businesses and the third sector has seen over 5,000 vital food parcels delivered to vulnerable people in Leeds.

As part of a major emergency food distribution programme in the city of Leeds, more than 5,000 food parcels have been delivered in less than a month.

The programme, which now offers same day delivery, is getting more than 300 parcels to vulnerable families every day providing them with a lifeline and helping them to stay safe at home during the coronavirus lockdown.

Local schools, colleges, social workers, housing officers, West Yorkshire Police and the NHS form part of the community-wide effort currently identifying the most vulnerable in society who should receive one of these vital parcels.  

Local businesses are being called on to help in any way they can, through donations of food and money due to the high demand on the new service.

Leader of Leeds City Council, Councillor Judith Blake, said:

“This is an incredibly difficult and challenging time for many families and individuals across Leeds. The scale and pace at which coronavirus has changed people’s lives is unparalleled and it is our responsibility to ensure that everyone in the city has access to food and basic supplies throughout this uncertain time.

“This is an unprecedented challenge and the first time we have ever run a programme like this in the city so thank you to everyone who is working together in an amazing way to make it happen. This is a perfect example of Leeds pulling together as a city to help our most vulnerable residents and it’s inspiring to see so many different businesses, organisations and services working together to help.

“We are however still in need of donations to keep the deliveries going. If any businesses or organisations think they might be able to help, please do get in touch with the service. Any help would be immensely appreciated and will help us to continue working together to help provide this vital lifeline to residents.”

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