Every month Walkley Labour Party holds a collection for the S6 foodbank. In 2022 nearly 5 tonnes of donations were generously given by people in Walkley. This enabled the foodbank to provide the equivalent of 11,431 meals.
In December, Councillor Tom Hunt and Laura McClean, Labour Candidate for Walkley organised an additional collection to provide extra help to people at Christmas. The Christmas collection raised an incredible 1063kg of donations, equivalent to over 2,500 meals.
Laura McClean, Labour Party candidate for Walkley ward said:
“Thank you to everyone who has donated to our collections. The cost of living crisis is hitting people very hard. That’s why we’ve held collections for the S6 foodbank in rain or shine and we will continue to help them through 2023. Each month we are blown away by the generosity from residents in Walkley. Labour is on your side and we will not turn our back during these times of struggle.”
Councillor Tom Hunt said:
“Soaring energy prices and falling wages mean that more people are having to turn to foodbanks. The Government is failing to provide enough help. Our collections are a practical way for us to provide support but they’re not a long-term solution. Labour’s plan to invest in home insulation will create new green jobs and keep bills down for the long term. We will invest in cheaper renewable energy and ensure there is a proper windfall tax on the excess profits of oil and gas giants.”
Chris Hardy, S6 Foodbank manager said:
“At the Sheffield S6 foodbanks we rely on the community collections for us to be connected with our communities as well as creating a space where people can feel they can contribute into the community
“As we’re feeding between 450-500 families per week (1,200 people), and we’re purchasing over 300 tonnes of food, every tin or every financial contribution makes a real difference into people not going hungry in Sheffield
“On a personal note, our heartbeat is always community supporting community and without the community collections food banks could feel soulless