Ilkley Youth and Community Association (registered charity 1021673) is delighted to have successfully worked with local schools to deliver over 100 food parcels made up of 5 Day full meal kits, to families and carers of children who attend Ilkley, Addingham and Burley schools over February half term.
Having been awarded a substantial grant from the government’s Covid Winter Grant Scheme by Bradford Council, the charity worked with Ilkley Grammar School and local primaries to help identify families who would benefit from receiving food support during half term.
With trustees and volunteers for the charity helping to organise the event, the charity was given incredible support by a huge number of groups and individuals in packing, transporting and delivering food, including Ilkley Rugby Club, Ilkley Community Transport, Great Get Together volunteers, Robbie Moore MP, and district councillor Kyle Green (one of the trustees of the charity). In addition to this, the charity was able to work extensively with local businesses who wanted to support the project. Tesco in Ilkley provided a huge amount of logistical support, whilst Moin Moin Bäckerei, Lishman's, Host, Waste Not and many more provided either food or significant support for the project.
Speaking about the project, Ilkley Youth and Community Association Trustee Kyle Green said, "This was a wonderful project that has had fantastic feedback from families and saw so many amazing volunteers, community groups and businesses come together to showcase the very best of Ilkley. I want to particularly thank the amazing staff at IGS for helping us to reach all the families who needed support, Sarita at Tesco who provided incredible amounts of assistance, Ilkley Rugby Club, and all the businesses who stepped up to help support this project. In delivering this project we hope to have made a huge difference to those in receipt of our food boxes. We know this is a hugely difficult time for so many during the current pandemic and we hope this will have made life that bit easier for those who are struggling.”
Responses to the meal kits have been hugely positive and the impact is best seen in the message received that said “I just wanted to say thank you so much to you all for the fabulous hamper kits, they are a God send & what a wonderful idea. We are so grateful.”
Ilkley Youth and Community Association is already working hard to continue its support for children, families and carers in Ilkley and the surrounding areas as it supplies equipment to help support STEM learning for primary and secondary school age children in Ilkley.