Leeds museums and galleries donate food to NHS staff

Junk Food Project (Demo)

MUSEUMS and galleries across Leeds have offered their support to NHS workers on the front line of the coronavirus outbreak by donating food from their closed cafés.

Several of the city’s historic sites were forced to close their doors earlier this week as authorities look to tackle the spread of coronavirus.

Staff at the sites – which include Leeds Art Gallery, Leeds City Museum and Abbey House Museum – have now teamed up with The Real Junk Food Project to donate treats and snacks from their café.

The food will be used to put together free boxes of food for NHS staff finding it hard to shop as they work around the clock in hospitals and healthcare facilities.

The donation is just one part of Leeds’ drive to support those most affected by the virus and encourage a sense of community spirit during these challenging times.

Councillor Judith Blake, leader of Leeds City Council, said: “There’s no doubt that this has been an incredibly difficult week for our staff and everyone in Leeds as we all look at how best to prepare and adapt to the rapidly evolving challenges this pandemic is presenting.

“But even in the midst of so much uncertainty, it’s been heartening to see the people of Leeds coming together in so many different ways and for our compassion and indomitable community spirit to once again shine through.

“Here in Leeds, looking after each other is what we do and over the coming weeks I’d encourage everyone to think about the steps they can take to ensure our most vulnerable residents know that we’re all here for each other.”

The Real Junk Food Project, based in Wakefield, was set up in 2013 and has since grown into an organic global network inspiring over 120 projects in seven countries.

The project intercepts food which would otherwise go to waste and makes it available to people on a pay as you feel basis.

Everything the project intercepts is processed and distributed through its network of cafes, social supermarkets, freegan boxes, schools and community groups.


Main Image: Staff at Leeds Art Gallery’s Tiled Hall Cafe donating food to the Real Junk Food Project, which will help NHS staff struggling to shop during the coronavirus outbreak.


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