FUNDING to support a food bank in Cleckheaton has been released by Kirklees Council.

The new project, set up at Easter to help the vulnerable during the ongoing Coronavirus emergency, is being run by local churches.

It has already secured the support of the public, local organisations such as the Ahmadiyya Muslim Women’s Association, the Chamber of Trade and the Rotary Club.

The volunteer-supported service has been described as “a community response” to local needs.

Organised and operated by Churches Together it has been formally backed by Kirklees Council through via money released from increased ward budgets.