They give out more than 8,000 packs each year to hungry people in need.

Dozens come through the Welcome Centre’s doors each week to get a lifeline food or essential items parcel when crisis hits.

Chloe Glover spent a day behind the scenes at the bustling Lord Street hub, where 70 volunteers and a small team of staff work tirelessly.

The humble front door sign of the Welcome Centre does not prepare anyone for the hive of activity inside.

It was only when I stepped into the reception area that I began to get a grasp of how large the project really is.

Racks of boxes and rails of clothes laid before me at the signing in desk are only the tip of the iceberg of donated goods that are processed and given out to those needing help.

Karen Selley, centre manager, and her team were already busy sorting out packs ready to be collected.

“It could be one of those days”, she said, as the phone rang again in their main office.

She helps to take details of potential clients from agency and other frontline service staff, who must refer a person or a family for the centre to be able to hand out a pack.

Examiner reporter, Chloe Glover helps out at The Welcome Centre, Lord St Huddersfield. Chloe Glover (left) with Netherhall Creative Media students,Sophie Warner, Emily Short, Casey Gallagher and Elisha Kaye (right).

A computerised system logs all previous users, to see if they have received help before, and if so, how many times.

“It helps us track our clients’ needs but is also used to ensure that people don’t become dependent on the food bank.”

Homeless people and those in homes but in desperate need after, for example, losing their job or having their benefits sanctioned, can all be helped by the team.

They tailor packs not just depending on the number of people in each household but also to meet religious and non-religious dietary requirements, such as halal, vegan and coeliac.

The cavernous room behind the office is where the never-ending jobs of sorting donations and preparing the packs take place.

Bags of dried or tinned food were being sorted through by helpers, who included a group of students from Netherhall Creative Learning Campus.

Examiner reporter, Chloe Glover helps out at The Welcome Centre, Lord St Huddersfield. Chloe Glover (right) with Karen Selley of the Welcome Centre.

I was quickly put to work with bags that had just been donated by HSBC Huddersfield staff, who like dozens of other local businesses, were giving generously in the run up to Christmas.

The simplest but crucial task was checking the best before dates, which turned out to be a great eyesight test.

This determined where the food ended up, which was sorted by its best before end year date and product type.

Everything from tinned tomatoes, vegetarian mains and cereal to chapati flour, pates and chocolate is stored alongside toiletries, bedding and warm clothing.

But even homemade goods and out of date foods, that should not be donated, have a home to go to.

Most go in a box for the Leeds’ Real Junk Food Project, who collect from the centre weekly and use the still edible products to create meals.

While sorting I met the charity’s oldest volunteer, Irene Saul, who at 86 still comes every week.

“I’ve been helping for about nine years and I love it because I get to help others and have some company too.”

She is one of 20 supported volunteers, who come to boost their self esteem, give them motivation or help to get back into work.

Examiner reporter, Chloe Glover helps out at The Welcome Centre, Lord St Huddersfield. Volunteer, Gina Wescott sorts homeware at the centre.

The team use ready made sheets to help make what essentially is a supermarket dash around the shelves where the nearest date trays are stored and create a pack.

There is one for a single person, another for families and others for different diets so that no unsuitable food finds its way into hungry mouths.

Strapping the list to a trolley, I make an s-shaped circuit with Karen, picking up enough to last a family of four for a week.

Fresh food is put in another bag when people arrive to collect the packs, which include either frozen meats or veggie alternatives, bread, butter spread and fruit.

In the run-up to Christmas, a special goodies pack is also put in the trolley, full of sweets and all the trimmings for a proper Christmas meal for those who want one.

While the centre does not normally collect children’s toys, a room has already been set aside for presents being sent in by well-wishers.

Every client referred on the day is asked if they would like a gift to ensure kids especially can have as normal a Christmas as possible.

Despite a constant flow of parcel orders, generous donations continue to mount.

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The centre is trying to find new town centre premises or storage facilities to cope with its increasingly popularity, both from donors and new users.

A shortages list is regularly updated on its website to let people know what is needed the most.

Possibly surprisingly to some, beans are not amongst them, which judging by the mountains of them are donor favourites.

Karen said that they had so many donations they are fully equipped until after Christmas.

“The community has been really generous and because of that we now have everything ready for the packs.

The arrival of children bringing a different sort of donation proved that not just physical goods help.

Gabriella Burnett and her friend Mya Dickson, both seven, raised an impressive £210 between them in just one afternoon by asking pupils at Flockton C of E School to donate toys, which they then sold at its Christmas fair.

The money is currently more urgently needed than anything else by the centre and will be put to best use.

Feeling like I had done an all day gym session summed up how hard everyone at the centre works to help those in urgent need.