Food banks have seen a significant increase, not just in Leeds, but across the United Kingdom. As with any definition it is subjective and open to interpretation as to how one defines a Food Bank. Two key characteristics that are often found at foodbanks are that the person who is receiving food has often been referred by another agency/group, using some kind of referral system. Secondly, the recipient receives a food parcel which they take back to their house/accommodation in order to access.
From Monday 4th May, all of the foodbank outlets have been temporarily closed to the public and instead, food parcels are being delivered directly to homes by a team of delivery drivers. The foodbank centres will continue to receive referrals and provide food parcels for Leeds residents.
To register as an agency for online referrals, please contact either of the foodbanks directly by email:
The new National Citizens Advice helpline freephone number – 0808 208 2138 (Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm) can also help people with getting a referral.
Feeding local people in crisis. 13 million people live below the poverty line in the UK. Our foodbank provides a minimum of 3 days emergency food and support to local people in crisis.
As well as providing food, our volunteers offer a listening ear, offer prayer if appropriate, and suggest where further help and support may be available. Whatever their situation, beliefs or background everyone is welcomed.
Leeds South and East Foodbank is Part of the Trussell Trust Foodbank Network. We are one of over 400 Foodbanks, providing emergency food to people in crisis, nationwide.
We give food to people in a state of crisis who are living in the South Leeds area of the city. People access one of the foodbank outlets via a referral from a statutory or voluntary organisation such as doctors, health visitors, Citizen Advice Bureau, welfare offices etc… All food given out by the foodbank is donated often from schools, churches, businesses, individuals or through supermarket collections. Please follow the link to the website or Facebook page to find out more.
Holbeck Food Bank delivers crisis food parcels to clients living in Holbeck and Beeston following referrals from a professional agency.
All referrals received between 9am-4pm Monday-Friday will be delivered with within 24 hours. Weekend referrals may take longer.
If you are an individual seeking assistance please contact a referral agency for example social services or Citizens Advice Bureau.
Right Choices Food Bank is a city wide service, however, is based in Headingley Leeds and is run solely by volunteers.
We open the food bank on a Mon and Thurs between the hours of 1.30 p.m. and 2.45 p.m. We also provide a delivery service to the most vulnerable people within our community areas we deliver to LS 2,3,4,5 and 6.
To access more specific information regarding venue and phone contact number please return to the homepage, click signposting to food providers and follow instructions to access Homeless and Food Aid Document. Alternatively, you could contact Right Choices directly by email.
Otley Food Bank opened in December 2013. We serve Otley and surrounding areas (interpreted flexibly, including Pool, Leathley, Farnley, Guiseley, Menston and Burley). Any voluntary or statutory agency can fill out a voucher for someone in crisis and collect 3 days’ food for a client in the locality during our opening hours or by arrangement. We have 2 helpline numbers which are on call during the day. If necessary we can usually deliver food parcels.
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We are a Trussell Trust seeded Foodbank, opened in October 2014. We have a Distribution Centre in Barleyfields Road, Wetherby and a Warehouse on the Thorp Arch Industrial Estate. We are run entirely by volunteers, and seek to reach into the rural villages in the local area. At present we are collecting more food than we have Clients, and have therefore been able to assist other Foodbanks in Leeds and the surrounding area with provisions.
St George’s Crypt runs a clothes and furniture shop as well as a cafe on Town Street in Armley. As an added service it also provides food parcels to people in need via a referral. The shop liaises with different agencies in the West Leeds area in order to support people in food poverty and give food to the right people.
To find out more information please call the following number on 0113 279 7732.
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St Vincent’s is a city wide voluntary organisation based in the heart of East Leeds. Its aim is to improve the quality of life for those deprived of income, employment, education, social networks, neighbourhood and community support. As a last resort they do provide emergency food parcels to people who cannot access provision anywhere else.
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