minutes of CTO meeting of the 19th March 2013
In the last few months the members of Churches
Together in Otley have become aware of a growing need for a FOOD BANK
All seven Churches recognise a growing need in
Otley and local area
This has been discussed by a small team and by the
meeting as a whole. As a result John Casey of Leeds Food Bank was
invited to speak to us.
At the CTO meeting of the 19th
March 2013, John Casey introduced the subject of Food Bank based on his
.How it works in Leeds:-
comes from Supermarket Shoppers generosity and from cash
collected from businesses, schools, churches etc
in small warehouse double garage size
into food parcels enough for 3 days for a family
through an outlet on certain days of the week from a suitable place
church hall community centre
voucher system done through those responsible people in the
community in contact with those in need and give vouchers to the
responsible to hand to those in need. The vouchers are then used to
claim a food package.
food banks offer either coffee or a meal, but definitely someone to
talk to those in need. So what we are offering is of a spiritual
dimension as well as practical
costs about £700 +
rent if necessary
strikes per year Families in need can have three parcels a year.
by dates Do not give away food beyond sell by date
bank can consider distributing hygiene products and clothes
supply and demand is a real challenge start slowly Voucher
system help control this.
to access need so good communications with the frontline workers are
was felt by the meeting the need is going to grow.
team needed to hand out the various tasks associated with the
project. There is a need for a project manager to ensure that all
the red tape is dealt with and to get the process going.
in April 2012 with a project team for 3 months Decided on the
Trussel Trust as a basis decided on two areas East Leeds and
West Leeds created teams to sort premise, volunteers etc
Tied with St Georges Crypt who seconded a project manager for Leeds
Leeds East advertised for volunteer Project manager and got
applicants. Likewise volunteer for Project manager
for Leeds North. So no project manager is directly employed.
Group in Leeds South started Belle Isle.
Help from Commerce offered.
Issues of Governance.
Either each Bank is
separate or run under a Leeds Umbrella Charity
Leeds decided to run
under an Umbrella Charity.
So a Board of Trustees
is now being formed.
Other Centres being
planned in Leeds.
The suggestion is that
Otley would be welcomed under this umbrella.
would be welcome in Leeds for training.
Nelson A Trussel Trust worker will come and help and talk to a
in one month Advertised in and local paper
Core members volunteered to start with.
John Casey offered
to come to 1st public meeting which is to be on
Salvation Army on 29th
April 2013 to see if more interest and help is available in Otley. If
anyone interested is unable to get to meeting they can let us know through
Wes Kennedy or Raoul Guise.
It would seem that if the various volunteers
that are needed are available, Otley will be able to run a food bank
for the town, working independently but under the umbrella of the
Leeds structure. This structure would insure good communications and that
we get administrative support. By being independent we will be able to
respond quickly to the needs as they occur in Otley. We are grateful to
those that are committed to seeing the project get started and hope that
the public meeting on the 29th April 2013 will bring
interest and support.
20th March 2013