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TREATS: Eight-year-old Zidaan Arshad prepares to hand over a mass of chocolate to the Salvation Army

TREATS: Eight-year-old Zidaan Arshad prepares to hand over a mass of chocolate to the Salvation Army

Family foodbank to help underprivileged in Bradford

A Bradford family will be hosting their own foodbank starting this Easter after their children said they wanted to help local families who had fallen on hard times.

What was initially the idea of 14-year-old, Sara Mahmood, quickly spread across her family until the idea of a fully operational project was set up last weekand her selfless vision became reality.

The first food parcels were purchased in bulk by her father Arshad Mahmood and his family who handed over the goods to the Salvation Army on Wednesday 1st April.

Amongst the parcels, which will feed between 15 and 16 families, was a host of chocolate treats in the form of Easter eggs and Easter bunnies. In total 40 children will receive the sweets to coincide with the Easter festival.

Mr Mahmood explained further why he wanted to get involved with local charities having given to other causes in Bradford in recent years.

GIVING: Arshad Mahmood met with Salvation Army Captain, Wayne Price, after purchasing food parcels and setting up a foodbank

GIVING: Arshad Mahmood met with Salvation Army Captain, Wayne Price, after purchasing food parcels and setting up a foodbank

“Running my own business gives me little time to volunteer at charities so I try to work under the idea of giving what I can financially if I can’t give the time,” he said.

“I was proud when Sara said she wanted to get help some local families and so we got in touch with the Bradford Children’s Centre who then put us on to the Salvation Army.

“Hopefully these food items will help some underprivileged families and other businesses will follow suit and hold similar events in the future.”

Wayne Price, a Salvation Army Captain, accepted the food parcels on behalf of the families who he said would benefit greatly from the generous offering.

“The fantastic thing about this donation is that it is from a family-run business which is showing other companies that money can be reinvested into the community,” he said.

“The food will be a massive help to so many families who have fallen on hard times and to show them that people in Bradford care about them is the most important thing we can achieve.”

Mr Price explained how the number of service users at the charity had grown recently since the disbandment of crisis loans.

In recent times the number of people speaking with the Salvation Army, who are on benefits but instead struggling to live off their minimum wage, have been asking for help.

If you would like to donate to the family’s foodbank, you can drop off your goods at the offices of Auto Prestige at 2 Rosse Street, Bradford.

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