Customers of Kirkgate Shopping in Bradford are being congratulated for raising more than £2,000 for the Bradford Metropolitan Food Bank over Christmas.
During last year’s festivities, Kirkgate Shopping offered a free gift-wrapping service, a Christmas grotto and organised a nativity collection all of which offered shoppers the opportunity to donate to a local cause. The total £2,125 raised will be donated to the Bradford Metropolitan Food Bank to help the community.
Kirkgate Shopping centre manager, Catherine Riley, commented: “Christmas spirit is a wonderful thing and our shoppers are historically generous. I am amazed by the continued support and amount donated by the Bradford public, particularly at what is always such an expensive time of year.
“December’s gift-wrapping service was a huge hit with customers who wanted to save time but the donations made for the service on offer are now fueling hot meals for local vulnerable people and families this winter.”
The Bradford Metropolitan Food Bank was at crisis point three years ago when changes to benefits and the growth of private sector renting caused the demand for food parcels to grow more than ever.
Frances Atkins, assistant food coordinator at Bradford Metropolitan Food Bank, said: “Our handouts have doubled year on year but the ongoing support from Kirkgate Shopping, one of our largest donors, makes all the difference. We send out around 1,000 food parcels a month so this kind of donation is invaluable to us.”
The Bradford Metropolitan Food Bank is made up entirely of volunteers who work with food manufacturers, shops and food distributors to make use of stock to help vulnerable people.
This £2,125 donation comes shortly after Kirkgate’s support in the Junior Chamber International’s Secret Santa appeal which saw around £55,000 worth of Christmas presents bought and donated for disadvantaged children across the district.
Catherine added: “The Bradford public has been very generous but it is not just at Christmas-time that donations are needed. Kirkgate Shopping is an official collection point for the Bradford Metropolitan Food Bank and is authorised to accept cash and food donations so that the public’s generosity may continue well into 2017.”