WiSE have enhanced food parcels to include fresh goods, thanks to local funding

Wetherby charity’s fresh approach boosts pandemic food parcel support

A Wetherby charity’s funding boost means it can enhance the range of food it delivers as part of a massive community effort to aid those who are self-isolating or shielding this winter.

Wetherby in Support of the Elderly (WiSE) is adding fresh produce like milk, bread, fruit and vegetables to the parcels its army of dedicated volunteers deliver to people of all ages in Wetherby, Harewood and surrounding villages.

The move follows successful bids by the charity for grant funding from local and national government and local councillors.

Mark Dobson, Chief Operating Officer at WiSE said: “For months now our foodbanks, hubs and networks have been doing an absolutely incredible job getting food to vulnerable, shielding and isolated people who are really in need of help.

“After several months we are becoming far more adept at this and are now able to adapt our offer so that people who are shielding or self-isolating can now, through us, access fresh food as well as the usual tinned, non-perishable goods which foodbanks so generously provide as standard.

“We decided to enhance our offer using the funding we’d acquired and working with third sector partners, Fareshare and Leeds City Council to vary the range of produce we are able to offer those who are accessing this vital free food delivery service.

“Although we predominantly work with older people, as has been the case throughout the pandemic we’re also helping people of all ages who might be self-isolating or shielding because they are classed as clinically vulnerable to the virus.”

Wetherby in Support of the Elderly (WiSE) is a registered charity organisation part funded by Leeds City Council. Its aim is to improve quality of life for the over 60s by providing community based activities, information, help and support.

It was recently presented with a special award by the Lord Mayor of Leeds Cllr Eileen Taylor in recognition of its efforts during the pandemic so far.

To access support, which is available for any age groups, call 0113 376 0330.

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