Rotherham food bank reopens after raid

Pastor Danny Miller with the food bank that was ransacked by burglars
Pastor Danny Miller with the food bank that was ransacked by burglars
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A South Yorkshire food bank forced to close after a burglary has re-opened thanks to donations from kindhearted members of the public.

Hope Church in Rotherham, which houses the town’s food bank, was raided last month - with 70 per cent of the food supplies taken, leaving needy families without anything to eat.

But thanks to donations from across the region the food bank was able to start providing food parcels again within days and is now operating as normal.

Pastor Danny Miller, of Hope Church, Grove Road, Moorgate, said: “We at the food bank are overwhelmed by the support received in response to the recent break-in.

“The community centre where Rotherham food bank resides also runs local community projects such as parent and toddler groups, a club for primary school aged children, a youth group for teenagers, a group for the elderly and many other programmes which were all effected by the burglary.

“We are delighted to announce that the food bank is fully stocked again and able to feed many local families each week again.

“We have also been receiving Harvest Festival items from local schools across Rotherham, which has made a big difference for us. This coincides with our new launch to give every parent access to food during school holidays, particularly this Christmas and at half term.

“Once again, a big thank you for the kindness shown across Rotherham toward the food bank. This has shown an incredible side of Rotherham in pulling together, kindness and generosity.”

Anyone with information about the burglary on September 11 should call 101.