Food bank given full requested grant cash

Ripon City Council has awarded Ripon’s Bread of Life food bank their full requested grant fund of £1,000, following a U-turn by a councillor.

At a finances and general purposes meeting at the town hall on Monday, July 15, Ripon City Council agreed to unanimously grant the food bank – set up by Ripon Community Church – their requested fund for this financial year, despite a disagreement between councillors at the last meeting in June.

Despite voting against the grant request at the last meeting, along with Ripon City Couns David Todd and Charlie Powell, Ripon City Coun Sid Hawke said at Monday’s meeting: “I didn’t realise Bread of Life was such a worthy cause so I am prepared to support it.”

In response to city Coun Lynette Barnes’s comment that “people do actually need the food bank in the city”, Coun Hawke said: “I wasn’t aware – but there is actually a need for it.”

Discussing Coun Todd’s comments at last month’s meeting that there is no real need for food banks in the country anymore, Coun Stuart Martin said: “I read the Ripon Gazette article in disbelief.

“The councillor should have a long hard look at themselves.”