A FOODBANK in Rotherham has been given a major boost after receiving a cash donation and supplies of groceries from a company in the haulage sector.
Newly elected Mayor of Rotherham Tajamal Khan attended an open day event at Crossroads Truck & Bus, where the company presented a cheque for £1,635 to the foodbank as part of a 'Hauliers Against Hunger' campaign.
The money will go directly to Rotherham Foodbank at the Hope Centre in Grove Road where it will be used to provide emergency support for families and individuals who are struggling due to the cost of living crisis.
Councillor Khan said: "The work that Crossroads and Rotherham Foodbank are doing to help people is fantastic. If everybody pulls together during these challenging times we can make society a better place."
Sandy Bennie, an administrator at Rotherham Foodbank, said: "We're very grateful to everybody at Crossroads. Some of the people who approach us have not eaten a proper meal for several days. Many are working in jobs but they are running out of money towards the end of the month because they are struggling to pay bills."
Staff and customers of Crossroads, which supplies and services Volvo commercial vehicles at its depot in Canklow Meadows, worked together to raise the funds that were donated to the foodbank.
Justin Rushton, Operations Director at Crossroads, said: "People are struggling due to astronomical fuel and food prices. We've been operating in Rotherham for over 35 years so we're keen to support the local community."
The foodbank in Grove Road is affiliated to The Trussell Trust, a national charity that fights hungers across the UK. Crossroads says all of its nine depots across Yorkshire and Lincolnshire are taking part in Hauliers Against Hunger.
* You can contact Rotherham Foodbank at the Hope Centre, Grove Road, Rotherham, S60 2ER. Tel: 01709 372104. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org