Tackling food poverty in Kirklees

Kirklees Council Leader Shabir Pandor is urging local people to seek help if they are at risk of going hungry during the Covid-19 crisis.

There is a wide range of support was available – from the benefits system through to other forms of help within the local community.

Covid-19 is having a major impact on many people’s income, with financial uncertainty and hardship making it tougher to afford basic necessities such as food.

The council is working hard to tackle food poverty – and to reduce the risk of food poverty – so that residents, including children and young people, stay safe and well in these difficult times.

Cllr Pandor, said:

“Food poverty was already a national problem, but the effects of Covid-19 are making life even harder for so many people and we are seeing more and more families and individuals slipping into poverty due to circumstances beyond their control. This leads to problems with our physical wellbeing, our mental wellbeing and can have severe long-term consequences.

“We’re continuing to help thousands of residents access support, but we know there are more people out there who have yet to come forward. My message is: Please don’t delay – we’re here to help.

“As well as financial support such as free school meals, there’s a large and fantastic network of community organisations who are part of our local response to Covid-19. They are providing food and dealing with other requests – Kirklees people and communities have truly joined together at this time of national and international crisis.

“Helping our residents, including our children, to stay well is an absolute priority and we are focusing on the issues that matter most in people’s lives. Ensuring people don’t go hungry is an essential part of our response to coronavirus.”

 

Where can you find help?

Visit Better Off Kirklees to see which benefits you may be entitled to, and for help with applying.

The free school meals page on our website shows whether you qualify for free school meals.

Our Local Welfare Provision information helps vulnerable people in short-term crisis with food and essential items.

Visit our coronavirus help and advice page to see the range of local organisations who can help.

We also have a page all about financial support

You can find community response information in other languages.

The local number for our Covid-19 Community Response helpline is 0800 4561114 (8am to 6pm weekdays, 10am to 4pm weekends and bank holidays). This continues to be available, and we will happily call you back.

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