THE cupboards are bare at a Huddersfield centre which helps people in crisis.
Karen Selley, manager of the Welcome Centre at the Methodist Mission on Lord Street, says demand from desperate people has increased by 30% because of the economic climate.
And it is now giving out 74 food packs a week to people who have nowhere else to turn for help.
“Many families are struggling which means we are having more and more requests for help,” said Karen.
“In 2001 we gave out 497 packs, in 2006 2,464 packs and in 2011, 3,800 packs.
“We have received around £40,000 worth of donations this year and we are still struggling.
“We are constantly trying to keep up with the demand.
“Although we have had fantastic support from the community, difficult times mean that people are finding it difficult to survive themselves so supporting others is quite a big ask.”
Karen said that charitable donations from Armitage Bridge based One17 Design and Newsome South Methodist Church had saved the day over the past few months but stocks had become so low the centre was reaching crisis point.
Those the centre helps includes people waiting six to eight weeks without benefits, those fleeing domestic violence and people with physical and mental health issues.
It also offers support for the homeless, young vulnerable people estranged from their families, people with alcohol and drugs issues, asylum seekers, families with debt, job losses and redundancy.
The Welcome Centre is always short of long-life milk, tinned meat and fish, soup, jam, meat paste, pans, quilts, sleeping bags, toothpaste and toothbrushes, deodorant and disposable razors.
For more information, or to find out how to donate, call 01484 340034.