Wakefield food donation drive a massive success
A major food donation drive organised by Ossett charity Resource Aid, Wakefield MP Mary Creagh, and Sainsbury’s has been hailed a massive success. Mary Creagh and Horbury and South Ossett Councillor Jack Hemingway joined volunteers in Sainsbury’s Trinity Walk store on Saturday 26 May to ask shoppers for small donations of food to help people in crisis.
The MP said she was overwhelmed by the response from the public. Resource Aid confirmed that they had received more than 25 large shopping trolleys full of food like pasta, rice, tins, tea, and cereal.
Mary said “We were absolutely astounded by the generosity of shoppers last week, with some donating several bags full of food items. It is tragic that so many people in Wakefield are relying on food handouts and a sign of the cost of living crisis that even some working families are struggling to put food on the table to feed their family. I want to thank everyone in Wakefield who donated, Sainsbury’s for hosting the event, and the magnificent volunteers from the Resource Aid Centre. The food that was collected will make a real difference to people’s lives.”
Kathryn Coulthard of the Resource Aid Centre said “The response from people was beyond our wildest dreams and we are so grateful to everyone who donated. We are putting together bags of food items which will be enough to feed families in crisis for 48 hours, and over the next 2 or 3 weeks we will be distributing the donations to various agencies and the needy. Thank you to everyone who got involved.”