A soup kitchen is expanding to open a foodbank with hopes of supporting families reluctant to ask for help.

InTouch Foundation founder Osman Gondal hopes that by collecting donations in mosques, South Asian families will be encouraged to request support.

He said: “What we’ve found is that 90 per cent the people using foodbank services across the Bradford area are, generally speaking, from white local backgrounds.

“I know there’s a need within the South Asian community and that people from this community aren’t coming forward.”

Mr Osman said food would be collected weekly from mosques, schools and other centres and stored at Sharing Voices base in Clifton Villas, Bradford.

The organisation is appealing for help to buy pallet racking. Anyone who can help should contact Mr Gondal on 07865 994953.