Heckmondwike joins forces with Cleckheaton Food Bank to make a difference

In News by Polly Edmondson

Heckmondwike (part of the National Floorcoverings Ltd. group) are proud to announce that we have recently partnered with fantastic local charity Cleckheaton Food Bank, to help them make a difference within our neighbouring communities.

Looking for a way to give back to those in need locally, we got in contact with Cleckheaton Food Bank, and after an initial conversation and a couple of meetings it was agreed that we would provide two volunteer delivery drivers and the company van on a weekly basis, to assist in handing out pre-packed food parcels for the food bank.

Set up in early 2020 as a direct result of the pandemic, Cleckheaton Food Bank currently prepares and hands out up to 50 parcels a week. The pandemic, Brexit and the cost-of-living crisis have all resulted in more and more families finding it increasingly difficult to support themselves, with basic living requirements such as food becoming progressively more unaffordable. Now more than ever this service is being called upon by families in Cleckheaton and the surrounding areas, whose lives have been made more difficult by the crises.

Jason McKelvey, Works Manager here at Heckmondwike said, “As a company, we were keen to increase our engagement with the local community, and so held a group management meeting where we discussed what we could do within the local area to help. We were keen that we did something that would make a real difference for people locally, and with the food bank being such a key part of helping those in the area in need, it was the perfect choice to give back.”

Josie Pugsley, Volunteer Coordinator at Cleckheaton Food Bank said, “When Heckmondwike and National Floorcoverings first contacted us, we were blown away with their offer. We are entirely volunteer run, and having a local company offer to support us in such a way is amazing. It’s important to us that Cleckheaton food bank is part of our local community – getting local businesses involved in such a direct way is just brilliant.”

David Rhodes, Group Managing Director for National Floorcoverings Ltd added, “I am very proud of the way in which the Heckmondwike staff and employees have taken on the challenge of giving back to the local community across both our manufacturing sites and look forward to seeing our partnership with Cleckheaton food bank develop. As a business, we will continue to find and support other deserving causes long into the future.”

If you’d like to find out more about how you can help, please contact [email protected] or visit https://cleckheatonfoodbank.weebly.com/ for more information.