South Yorkshire MP digs deep to help food bank

John Healey, MP

John Healey, MP

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A food bank in South Yorkshire which is handing out 100 parcels a month to desperate families has been given a little extra help.

The project, run by Goldthorpe Salvation Army, has been presented with a cheque for £200 by Wentworth and Dearne MP John Healey to help continue its work.

The food bank is run by Salvation Army Captains Adrian and Christine Lee who said demand for food had multiplied.

They said they had seen 300 people in the last three months.

Christine said: “We now have people queuing outside and we’re seeing people who are in work but can’t get enough hours or a steady job and can’t feed their families.

“People are coming in almost every day throughout the week.”

The couple now have about 10 helpers, with most having received help from the food bank in the past.

Labour MP Mr Healey said: “So many more families are needing help since I last visited the Goldthorpe food bank just 10 months ago.”

The food bank is open Mondays, 1.15pm to 2pm, but help is also available at the community café, 10am to 1pm, Tuesdays and Fridays.