Members of the Committee and the secretariat were due to travel to Leeds on 18 March 2020 to understand the work done by Leeds Council and by local organisations in tackling issues regarding food insecurity in the area. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 outbreak, this trip had to be cancelled.
The Committee was due to meet with members of Leeds Council and representatives from local organisations. The visit would have included a visit to the Compton Centre, which is one of the Council’s Community Hub sites. The Committee delegation was also due to visit Neruka’s Soup Kitchen, a project providing meal provision for people in need of food, and CATCH, a community café and Healthy Holidays Programme Leader.
We are grateful to Emma Strachan and Nick Hart of Leeds Council who helped to plan the visit and who have very kindly shared the planned presentations from the organisations we would have met, as well as a briefing detailing their response to the coronavirus crisis.
The following organisations supplied presentations as written evidence to the Committee:
• Leeds Food Aid Network
• Foodwise Leeds
• FareShare Yorkshire
• Leeds Community Foundation
712 Written evidence from Leeds City Council ()
713 Written evidence from Leeds Food Aid Network ()
714 Written evidence from Foodwise Leeds ()
715 Written evidence from FareShare Yorkshire ()
716 Written evidence from Leeds Community Foundation ()