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Sweet treats for Food bank

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DONATIONS: Pupils from the Grammar School at Leeds handed over 267 advent calendars to a Leeds food bank after collections in school

DONATIONS: Pupils from the Grammar School at Leeds handed over 267 advent calendars to a Leeds food bank after collections in school

More than 250 advent calendars donated to those in need

Thoughtful junior school pupils from the Grammar School at Leeds have rallied round to donate a huge stack of advent calendars to a local food bank, aiming to bring a daily treat to all of Leeds’ families.

The children, aged between seven and 11-years-old, collected 267 advent calendars with the help of fellow pupils, teachers and parents, before they were handed over to the Leeds (North) Food Bank.

With demand for help from food banks expected to soar during the festive holidays, the chocolates are hoped to provide a small delight on top of the essential produce.

Leeds (North) Food Bank is one of a growing number of providers of emergency food across the city which is run under the banner of the Trussell Trust.

The organisation relies on volunteers and donations of food from individuals and businesses to supply families with food parcels at times of need.

Catherine Dodds, deputy head at GSAL Junior School, said it was a great initiative for the children to get behind and praised their efforts.

“We sent out an appeal in our weekly message to parents and the children responded with great enthusiasm, recognising that for some families even small luxuries like Advent calendars are unaffordable,” Ms Dodds said.

“They enjoy that little treat every day and were sad to think that some children might have to go without.”

Year 6, pupil Lizzie Bell, helped with the collection and added: “We are lucky enough to have Advent calendars and enjoy opening the door each day to see what chocolate there is inside.

“It gets more exciting every day nearer to Christmas and we wanted to help other children enjoy it too.”

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Big week for InTouch foundation

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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.

LAUNCH: The new InTouch Foundation van made its first appearance last week in Bradford as the charity’s ambassadors, volunteers and the Lord Mayor of Bradford cut the ribbon

LAUNCH: The new InTouch Foundation van made its first appearance last week in Bradford as the charity’s ambassadors, volunteers and the Lord Mayor of Bradford cut the ribbon

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.”

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A helping hand

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A new foodbank, which will launch in Bradford later this month, is set to help hundreds of families across the district.

The first ever InTouch Foundation Food Bank will begin to operate out of Manningham in a couple of weeks, with people being referred to the project and then issued with a food parcel to last between three and five days.

For more than a year, the InTouch team have been helping feed the less fortunate at their mobile soup kitchens and this new venture is just the latest expansion for the rapidly growing charity.

LAUNCH: The InTouch Foundation Food Bank will begin to operate in Bradford later this month, following the success of the charity’s soup kitchens

LAUNCH: The InTouch Foundation Food Bank will begin to operate in Bradford later this month, following the success of the charity’s soup kitchens

Founder and board member, Osman Gondal, said the plan was to always launch a food bank, yet plans were forced to be put on hold due to the success of the Keighley and Bradford soup kitchens.

Mr Gondal added that he hoped this new venture would be particularly welcomed by the South Asian community and explained why they decided to set up now.

“The food bank will be available for everybody who is referred, regardless of race or religion, yet we are hoping to see a particular response from South Asian communities,” he explained.

“We have seen from our soup kitchen events that the food we give out is only a short term solution for people, so by giving out parcels, which can last days, it is going to help more people.

“There is a very real need in the South Asian communities in particular, but for one reason or another, people do not come forward and access these services.

“We are currently conducting our own research into why this could be and hopefully, by linking up with Mosques and Gurdwaras, we can get the message across that we are here to help.”

He added: “The way we differ from other food banks is we don’t just hand over the food, we speak with people to find out how they feel we can help.

“For instance, in many cases it may just be bad budgeting that has put them in their situation so we plan on having financial planning advice in place.”

Meanwhile, food donations are currently being welcomed at the Sharing Voices offices, Clifton Villas, just off Manningham Road.

Schools and religious places of worship have recently been helping to collect food for the launch of the food bank and Mr Gondal explained why he wanted to get the two groups involved.

He said: “We have linked up with local mosques, schools and colleges to help achieve two primary objectives.

“One, we hoped to get the mosques involved to take them back to their original root and purpose, which was always as the heart of the community.

“Secondly, we have got students involved to make them aware that there is a need in the area for food banks and to help them understand from a young age that this situation is very real.”

People can be referred to the InTouch Foundation Food Bank through their local places of worship, Bradford Council, or the Job Centre, with collections set to take place on Mondays and Thursdays.

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