Lions help in the plight of poverty stricken children

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Ryedale Lions Club has come to the plight of needy children in Ryedale after reading a report in The Mercury that 900 children in the district are living in poverty.

The club is now helping children during the school holidays by donating breakfast meals to the Ryedale Foodbank.

Ray Cordery, the Lions organiser for the breakfast scheme and a retired primary school head teacher, said: “Most of us will think this is a fairly affluent area but there are pockets of real deprivation in our community that deserve help from those more fortunate.”

He added: “We felt that families would welcome a little bit of extra support when they were under pressure with children at home full-time over the holidays. So we focussed on the idea of providing a nourishing breakfast as a good start to the day,” said Ray.

The food, bought by the Lions with generous support from Lidl, is being distributed from the Pickering and Malton Foodbank centres to families in the Pickering, Kirkbymoorside and Helmsley areas, all of whom have been identified as in genuine need by front-line community organisations, he added.

The provision of cereals, milk and eggs aims to help vulnerable families over the holidays when no school meals are available. The Lions are also providing puddings and custard to the foodbank whose general manager, John Mackenzie, said: “We are very grateful to the Lions for their support. The first deliveries of their breakfast supplies are now going out to families whom we know are in desperate need of help, often because of a sudden problem beyond their control.”

Donations to Ryedale Foodbank can be made through local church collection boxes or email

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