The Crooked Clock in Hunslet is stepping up its efforts to help address food poverty in the area. Following its inclusion in a new foodbank collection point network setup by Cllr Paul Wray, the popular public house in Hunslet has now has been approved for a grant to create a Food Pantry onsite, following a request it made to Cllr Paul Wray for support.
Unlike foodbanks, users of food pantries pay a small one-off fee per visit for a fixed number of food or other items, or a fixed monthly subscription for a fixed number of items per month – depending on the model.
Cllr Paul Wray (Labour, Hunslet & Riverside) said:
“We know there are a number of people who, even if they qualify for food support from a foodbank, simply won’t use it as they do not wish to be seen to use charity. Food pantries’ help support those in need in this group by providing a shopping experience, but at a very low fixed cost – providing vital food aid to them but without them feeling they are receiving charity. It also means that, where someone has used the maximum number of times they can use a foodbank in any given period, there is still some food support elsewhere.”
Sid Mahiuddin, who runs The Crooked Clock added:
“This is a great way for us to continue to help people in Hunslet and make our pub the heart of the local community. This grant will allow us to fund the initial setup work for the pantry – making it easier to obtain other support grants. We’ll now start the initial step up work for the pantry before opening its service up to the public.”
Cllr Paul Wray also added:
“I’m very keen to support more of these food pantry projects across the ward, as well as expand our foodbank collection point network. I’d really welcome contact from anyone wanting to get involved in such a project.”
The Crooked Clock is located at the junction of Sussex Avenue and Low Road in Hunslet (LS10 2LF).
Photo: a customer at the Food Pantry in Cross Flatts Park
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