Skipton Food Bank was established by Skipton Baptist Church in 2012 after members had identified a need for emergency food support in the community. Since then an energetic team of volunteers has worked to provide food parcels to families and individuals who have found themselves in difficulties, for whatever reason.

Since April 2014, with the financial support and encouragement of Craven District Council, the Food Bank has a part-time manager to help maintain the service and to ensure that the food parcels are available across Craven. The food parcels are mostly distributed by local support agencies, such as Craven Prevention, Foundation and Probation, who have welcomed this service and make regular use of it. They recognize the benefits of being able to give practical and immediate assistance to their clients. The provision of food gives hope and a greater sense of wellbeing allowing their clients to tackle longer-term problems such as employment and debt management.

In 2014 we gave out 284 food parcels to families and 441 to single people as well as over 100 Christmas hampers. Donations are given regularly throughout the year by over forty organisations; many are Churches but businesses and schools are also among those. We are especially grateful for the generous donations we receive at Harvest which go a long way in helping us to keep up with the steady demand for food parcels that doesn’t show any signs of slowing up.