Having recently launched their first ever food bank in Bradford, the InTouch Foundation team have continued to expand their growing charity with two big announcements last week.
On Monday 19th May, ambassadors and volunteers for the charity gathered in Bradford at the site of the city’s weekly mobile kitchen, and welcomed in the newest addition to the team – not a person, but a van.
The new mobile kitchen comes with state-of-the-art equipment which makes transporting the food easier whilst also improving the ease of preparing the meals on-site.
Founder and board member, Osman Gondal, says it was always the plan to bring in the new van and was delighted to see it in action for the first time last week.
He said: “The new van really encompasses the spirit of InTouch in that it is about the community.
“The community has fundraised for this, businesses have sponsored it and professionals have come forward and got involved with the construction side of it.”
He added: “For the volunteers as well, we wanted them to use good quality equipment and for the service users we wanted something reliable that would be there week in week out.
“I know for the next five to ten years this van will certainly be around.”
The following day, the InTouch Foundation stretched out on a new leg of its journey as the first Leeds site was officially launched on Tuesday 20th May.
Tens of people came down from across the city to experience the new service, which has been launched in partnership with ADLA Pharmaceuticals, and get a taste of Bradford’s fastest growing mobile soup kitchen.
Mr Gondal added: “The expansion into Leeds has been brilliant, working with ADLA Pharmaceuticals.
“We are again hoping to be successful in replicating what has been done in Bradford, in Leeds, and trying to build on that community spirit.
“As a central team here in Bradford, we have managed to cover some sponsorship and so have ADLA so we have a guaranteed 12 to 16 weeks of sponsor money for food.”