5th January 2021, 13:49 | wakefield_trinity
The Wakefield Trinity Community Foundation have announced that they managed to deliver a staggering 1454 meals to those in need across the Wakefield district throughout the festive period.
This initiative was brought in through another external project the foundation was thinking of running throughout 2020. ‘The Big Project’, as it is called, would simultaneously have run in 2020, hosting four sibling events in ‘The Big Sleep’, “The Big Listen’, ‘The Big Festival’, and the event which has just taken place, ‘The Big Feed.’
Partnered with Wakefield District Housing and Wakefield Council, the Wakefield Trinity Foundation set itself goals to deliver 1000 meals across eight days. These expectations were beaten, and within the first six days of the event, they had topped their preliminary target.
Wakefield Trinity’s Head of Foundation, Craig Shepherd, said: “I don’t think the event has done much in preventing poverty, what we have tried to do is plug a gap and there is a lot more work still to be done.
“Some of the families that we helped support may be temporarily out of work due to factors associated with Covid-19.
“However, this is what life is like for some families year-round, not just at Christmas, and there are a lot of organisations that support them.
“What we have done and achieved throughout ‘The Big Feed’ and 2020 will stand us in good stead as we enter 2021, mainly because we have shown what type of demand there is.
“The numbers have grown as the project has gone on and on the second to last day, we tipped 260 meals – the most in one day – leaving just 90 for our final few hours.
“Overall, it has shown us that what we have done over the eight days has been appreciated because if we hadn’t been here, that is 1400 meals not entering the homes of our community.
“So, next year, the sky is the limit.”
The Wakefield Trinity Community Foundation also thanked all volunteers for Minster Law, Wakefield District Housing, Wakefield Council, Turning Point, Cash Wise, NCS and both the Wakefield Trinity Ladies Rugby League and Football sides for their outstanding and dedicated contribution.