During the COVID-19 pandemic, we supported the community with food parcel requests and our team of volunteers helped pack and deliver food parcels to vulnerable individuals and families isolating, shielding or suffering as a result of the loss of income. It became apparent that due to the high demand and increasing poverty, we needed to create a permanent food bank on site.
In 2019 First Bus West Yorkshire kindly donated CATCH a double-decker bus. Our original plan was to develop the bus for our young volunteers as part of our reward and recognition scheme ‘SuperStars’. However we put these plans on hold and in 2020 our young volunteers converted the bus into a much-needed food bank for the community.
The food bus allowed us to store food and distribute vital supplies to the community. The food bus was also accessible to our partner agencies and schools 24/7, 7 days a week.
In April 2023 we decommissioned our food bus so that we could revert back to our original plan to develop the bus for our young volunteers.
We have a smaller food bank facility attached to our community café. Our food bank relies on donations from people, local businesses and schools which also helps combat food waste.