VIDEO: Harrogate food bank collection

Volunteers from Harrogate food bank held their first food collection at Asda in Harrogate on Thursday (April 18).

Supermarket customers were asked to buy one or two extra items such as cereal, tinned fruit or pasta to donate to the food bank.

Volunteer Michelle Hayes said: “It’s been going well, people have had a good response.”

John Mitchell added: “Its the first collection but we have got a lot of food already.”

The food bank won’t be open until the end of April and the volunteers said they think there will be a need for it in Harrogate.

Wynn James, church leader from the Life Destiny Church said: “We feel there is a real need for it here in Harrogate.

“A lot of churches are working together on this and in church we get lots of people coming to us for help.

“It is not just deprived areas that have food banks, some are in affluent places too.

“One of the first was set up in Salisbury which is quite affluent.”

The group hope to open the food bank at Mowbray Community Church after the end of April and are working in conjunction with The Trussell Trust on the project.

For more information visit www.harrogate.foodbank.org.uk.