Food bank set to be operational next month

A food bank could be set up to help Whitby families in poverty as early as next month.

Yorkshire Coast Homes has got involved with other agencies in bringing the scheme to Whitby following the success of a similar one in Scarborough.

In the early stages of the project, presented to Whitby Town Council last week, it is going to be able to help ten households at a time which will be able to access the foodbank on a maximum of three occasions.

Discussions are taking place with the supermarket Sainsbury’s to see if it can get involved in the project that will largely be run by volunteers.

After two years of being involved with the Scarborough project, the housing organisation, were seeing more and more cases of hardship in Whitby - which it expects to get worse when the government implements the universal credit system.

While councillors supported the idea there was concern it would get out of hand.

Coun Simon Parkes said: “My concern is that people will want something and you can’t provide that.”

Mel Tilley from the project said: “We are not naive enough to think we will be able to help everybody and if we let it get out of hand we will not be able to cope.”

After the meeting YCH chief executive Shaun Tymon said “YCH is committed to relieving poverty on the Yorkshire coast and recognises foodbank provision as an important part of that.

“We are delighted to work with and support the Whitby Foodbank as we believe it is only by working in partnership with other community focused organisations that we can maximise the benefits for our tenants and communities”.