23
October
2013
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00:00
Europe/London

Tackling food poverty together


Food bank providers across the city came together earlier this week, to discuss ways they can continue to meet demand and tackle food poverty in the city.



The seminar, which was facilitated by Leeds City Council, brought together food banks from across the city, all of which are voluntary or faith-based organisations who rely heavily on donations from members of the public and businesses.



Chris Fields from St Georges Crypt said:

“Demand for help with food is increasing at the moment so the main aim of the seminar was to see if we could work together as a network of providers to not just help meet the demand but also to see how we could work with others, including the council, to reduce demand in the future.”



Councillor John Hardy, lead member responsible for food banks, who organised the seminar said:

“Poverty is such a far reaching issue it is not something we can tackle alone.



“Food banks are often the first point of contact for people who are living in poverty so it is vital they are able to offer a wrap-around support and signpost people to the right places for support and advice.



“We organised this seminar to bring all the local providers together to look at how we can all work together to ensure people who are facing food poverty get the help and support they need.”





Poverty is one of the major challenges facing Leeds in current times – a challenge which the council is tackling head on. Leeds City Council is putting together a major strategy which aims to tackle all the issues surrounding poverty and financial hardship.





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