New foodbank to open in Tang Hall

18 Jul 2013 @ 3.40 pm
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Issued by City of York Council

A new foodbank is to open its doors, with support from City of York Council, on Friday 19 July to help fight poverty in York.

A grant allocated by Your Consortium from the Community York Fund has already helped set up a very successful foodbank in Acomb by Gateway Action, together with money and housing advice sessions. Now, the fund has helped to support another foodbank which will open at Tang Hall Community Centre.

City of York Council is providing specialist support for the foodbank in Tang Hall, which will be managed by York Community Church. It has also helped provide facilities for confidential meetings at the Tang Hall Community Hall, where a partnership of community and professional organisations has established the Tang Hall Community Advice Hub for residents.

Councillor Linsay Cunningham-Cross, City of York Council’s Cabinet Member for Crime and Stronger Communities said: “It is a tragedy that so many people in the city are facing genuine hardship at this time.

“At a local level we recognise that people need real help now and that is why I am proud that City of York Council is helping support foodbanks in the city, working in partnership with voluntary groups and experts to tackle the effects of poverty wherever it arises.

“We need to remember that the majority of families in poverty in this country have at least one person in paid employment. We have a moral and social duty to eradicate poverty and inequality, especially in these hardened economic times.

“The fact that a new foodbank has had to open, sadly shows the depth of the problem locally and the need which needs to be met. The council is pleased to be able to contribute by helping fund this support to residents alongside advice services to signpost people towards longer-term solutions to their needs.

“However, we must not forget to say a massive thank you to the volunteers who are giving their time and expertise to serve others in this way.”

 


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