Food for all is the message being given out by Huddersfield organisations as two massive new foodbank appeals are launched in the town.
Businesses and members of the public have been asked to do their bit to help feed those in need at a time when demand for food parcels has reached an all-time high.
For the first time, Huddersfield’s renowned Food and Drink Festival (pictured above last year) has got together with the Welcome Centre and the Piazza Centre ahead of the event to ensure that no one misses out when it hits town from August 7 to 10 by donating food to the cause.
Meanwhile, the Huddersfield Mission is to begin a pioneering new scheme, which will allow visitors to the town to buy meal vouchers for those made homeless and help them get much-needed support in its on-site cafe as an alternative to giving them small change.
The Huddersfield Partnership, which puts on the annual food event across the town each summer, announced its ‘You're Welcome’ appeal to encourage retailers and shoppers to help those in extreme crisis to get a square meal during the festival.
Partnership manager, Karen Hobson, hopes that as many people as possible will give money donations or drop off non-perishable foods, either to the Welcome Centre before the event or in specially marked drop off points around the festival hubs.
She said: “We are so honoured to be supporting such a worthy cause and give back to families living in the town.
“The food festival is a major event in Huddersfield’s calendar and we want it to be as inclusive and reach out to as many people as possible”.
Centre Manager of The Welcome Centre, Karen Selley said: “To be part of something that is for benefit of the town but also wants to support the work of our centre is truly fantastic. We hope people get on board and support us in order that we can continue to deliver a service that is so obviously needed.”
The Huddersfield Mission, which houses the Welcome Centre, will break bread with the town’s homeless people in its cafe, thanks to a new food voucher scheme which will allow each recipient to get a full meal whilst offering them advice and support.
Organisations and individuals can buy a food voucher for £3.50 or in books of ten at a discounted price at the centre’s reception.
Support Services Manager, Deborah Murphy, said: “Customers have often said that they are not sure whether to give money to people who are begging, which is everybody’s personal choice. We felt it may be useful to offer an alternative to giving cash so thought, why not give a meal voucher that the person can redeem in the café, where they will also get free advice and support at the same time.”
To donate to the Welcome Centre please contact 01484 515086 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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