Food drop-in volunteers meet MP

Todmorden Food Drop-in at St Mary's Crypt Todmorden.
Todmorden Food Drop-in at St Mary's Crypt Todmorden.

Volunteers from Todmorden Food Drop-In visited MP Craig Whittaker to discuss their concerns over the proposed changes to benefits.

The Calder Valley MP met with volunteers and spoke about the introduction of the living wage and benefit sanctions and the impact these changes may have on families in Calderdale.

The food bank, which was set up in 2013, runs from St Mary’s crypt, St Mary’s Parish Church, and supplies food parcels to those in need every Saturday morning.

A spokesperson for the drop-in said: “We were pleased to hear that Craig Whittaker has continued to petition the government to do everything possible to prevent any negative impact on working families and their children.

“We are a humanitarian enterprise which is a direct response to social need, we are not part of the big society.

“We would like to make it clear that the food drop-in does not wish to find itself a permanent part of the Todmorden community, and we look forward to the day when we are no longer needed.

“Therefore we are looking to Mr Whittaker to act and vote in the interests of all his constituents and not just those fortunate enough to be in secure, well paid employment.”

The food bank is appealing for festive food donations that will help people with little income enjoy some luxuries they would not otherwise be able to afford.

They are looking for cakes, puddings, mince pies, sweets or chocolates, biscuits, pickles, sauces, tinned meat or fish and coffee.

If you are able to help donations can be dropped off at the usual collection points across the valley or at St Mary’s Church on a Wednesday at 2pm when the food bank team are preparing for the weekend session.

For more information email todfooddropin@btinternet.com or call 07949212464.