Staff and nursery children build a food mile for Skipton Food Bank
Children from Nightingales Day Nursery at Airedale Hospital helped staff build a food mile this week to show the hospital’s support for Skipton food bank, which supports needy families in the area.
Skipton food bank is managed by and based at Skipton Baptist Church and their parcels help single people and families who have found themselves in need at a time of crisis. The bank receives donations from the local community and prepares single and family hampers with basic food and toiletry items to support people for a week. The food bank then works with local support agencies who distribute the majority of the parcels.
Amy Kitching, Paediatric Research Sister at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust said:
“We’d heard that the food bank in Skipton was running dangerously low on food so we decided that as a trust it would be really nice to try and do something to help, to coincide with harvest festival. We came up with the food mile idea and advertised it across the hospital and had donations from virtually every department in the trust including Skipton Hospital. We are hoping to get close to a mile of food.”
Staff donated and collected over 20 boxes full of food and toiletries.
Amy adds: “They needed things like pasta, rice, toiletries and long life milk – they were virtually low on everything so we displayed their list and people have gone above and beyond to help.”
Head of Chaplaincy at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust Ron Mulligan said: “It shows how staff here care about the community where they come from.”