Burglars have been condemned for raiding a South Yorkshire church and stealing all the stock from a food bank for the needy.
Families have been unable to use the food bank since Friday morning because of a lack of supplies, but it is hoped it will re-open today, although stock is limited.
Pastor Danny Miller said he was disappointed.
“They took about 70 per cent of the food and smashed doors and cupboards to get to it,” he said.
“The food is donated by local people for local people so this will cause a lot of upset.
“The other items, such as a sound system and monitors, can be replaced. I am more upset at the fact so many people put such a lot of time and effort into running projects and groups from the church, and then people to come in and cause all this damage. I think whoever did this is pretty selfish. It’s pretty disheartening.
“But if anything has come from this it’s a determination that we are all going to carry on.
“We have a new parent and toddler group, youth group, and group for the elderly being launched this week. This raid will not stop them.”
Rotherham MP Sarah Champion said she was ‘disgusted’ by the burglary. “Reverend Danny and his congregation are dedicated to supporting the most vulnerable in Rotherham. They established the food bank as they were shocked that children were going to school hungry and families were unable to feed themselves.
“I am disgusted that anyone could be so low as to break into a church and steal a lifeline for Rotherham families. I hope everyone who reads this will consider making a donation to Hope Church, or to their local food bank.”
Anyone with information should call South Yorkshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.