Launch event sees volunteers help families

Volunteers at official opening of the Todmorden Food Drop-in at St Mary's Church, Todmorden.
Volunteers at official opening of the Todmorden Food Drop-in at St Mary's Church, Todmorden.

The Todmorden Food Drop In opened its doors on Saturday to provide support for individuals and families struggling in difficult financial times.

After months of planning the food bank, based at St Mary’s Church, Todmorden, was officially opened by the Mayor of Todmorden Coun Jayne Booth at the launch event.

Coun Booth, who is also one of the founding members of the food bank committee, was pleased that all the hard work paid off with a successful launch.

“The food drop in was all ready to go and, with an enthusiastic team of volunteers in place, we waited for our first guests to arrive,” she said.

“We weren’t disappointed and we supported a couple of families on launch day.

“We also learnt that our systems work and that all the hard work our founding members have put in over the months was worth it.

“As Mayor of Todmorden I would like to thank those founding members Janet Garner, Neil Howarth, Rev Owen Page and Margareta Holmstedt who, along with myself, have put in many hours to make the Todmorden Food Drop In become a reality.

“I would also like to thank all our volunteers, because without them we could not hold our sessions.”

The Todmorden Food Drop In is now officially open every Saturday from 9.30am until noon at St Mary’s Church.

“We still need the help and support from the public and will gratefully receive donations of both money and food,” Coun Booth said.

The food bank team have put collection baskets at various points around Todmorden where people to drop off donations.

Items of food can be dropped off at Todmorden Library and Todmorden Information Centre, where there are also lists explaining the type of items required for the food bank.

Anyboyd wishing to make a monetary donation can do so at Yorkshire Bank.

Ask for account name Todmorden Food Drop In, account number 39388464 and sort code 05-09-59.