Food for thought in Birkenshaw

Phebe  Firth of Birkenshaw collects Harvest Festival donations at Birkenshaw St Paul's Church for the food bank.
Phebe Firth of Birkenshaw collects Harvest Festival donations at Birkenshaw St Paul's Church for the food bank.

Churchgoers in Birkenshaw have delivered a boost to people facing financial hardship.

For the last year St Paul’s Church has been collecting items for food banks, and on Sunday it hosted a community harvest festival.

Trolleys loaned by the village’s Co-operative supermarket were filled during the service by children from the KfC Sunday School, and the uniformed organisations read prayers and the psalm,

Church warden Pat Trueman said the food bank collections began in November and the food began to roll in.

The first collections went to Heckmondwike Salvation Army after a break-in just before Christmas when their stock of food for parcels was stolen. Collections have continued throughout the year and now every month a car full of goods is taken either to the Heckmondwike Salvation Army, St Catherine’s Church Centre in Wakefield, or the Trussell Trust in Bradford.