Published On: Mon, Jul 14th, 2014 on 2:05 pm

InTouch Foundation charity hits 25,000th meal milestone

InTouch Foundation Van Launch

Charity founder Osman Gondal (right) shakes hands with a service user

A charity operating in Bradford, Keighley and Leeds has set a new milestone by serving its 25,000th meal.

The InTouch Foundation, which serves the homeless and needy on a weekly basis through the use of a mobile catering van, has reached the milestone in the space of 18 months.

Osman Gondal, founder and board member of the charity, told the Yorkshire Standard: “As the original founder of this organisation, it makes me proud that people within our community have bought into the vision of helping people in need.

“The InTouch board and all the volunteers have made this project a success and made InTouch a well-established organisation in Yorkshire.

“For me, one of the most important objectives is to makes sure those seeking help feel valued. And all our volunteers are taught to deal with all the service-users with respect.”

The charity, which records how much food and drink is served after each event, serves food to the homeless and needy in Bradford’s city centre, Keighley and Leeds.

It has also run overseas projects for those in need in Syria and the Philippines.

In May, it launched its first foodbank. Food is collected from local mosques, schools and other centres, stored and eventually distributed every Wednesday at Sharing Voices located in Clifton Villas, Bradford.

Mr Gondal said: “A lot of people have been involved over the past 18 months and this has helped prove that people living on the poverty line are not forgotten. Because there are people and businesses out there who care.

“If there are any schools or organisations that would like to help with the collection or if you know individuals or families that are struggling to make ends meet please contact us.”

The charity has also served over 40,000 hot drinks alongside its meals.

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