Knottingley and Castleford Churches have joined together to support new Foodbanks
which have recently started in the two towns.
It is unfortunately a reality of today, that more and more people and families are
finding it difficult to make ends meet. As a result, Foodbanks are springing up throughout
the country and we now have two in the Airevale area. Foodbanks are only a temporary
fix to get people over a short term difficulty. Various welfare agencies have vouchers
which can be exchanged at the designated Foodbank for three days food supplies and
the recipients are only allowed up to three parcels a year. They may be counselled
and given further advice on other agencies which can offer additional help to resolve
any underlying problems.
The Knottingley Foodbank is spearheaded by the Elim Church on Tithe Barn Road. It
is supported by several churches in the town including our own Knottingley United
Reformed Church from The Croft. This Foodbank has the support of The Trussell Trust,
which has helped Foodbanks up and down the country. The website of the Knottingley
Foodbank is http://knottingley.foodbank.org.uk/. For more information, or if you
wish to help, phone 01977 278616.
The Castleford Foodbank is led by the Smawthorne Community Church on Beancroft Road.
It is likewise supported by other churches in the town including Christ Church United
Reformed from Carlton Street. This Foodbank has been set up independently of any
national organisations. At the present time, there is no website. For further information,
or if you wish to help, phone 01977 514477.
Donations, either on a regular basis, ad hoc or one off, will be welcomed by both
groups. If you are able to volunteer to help out please use the contact numbers above.