Ian Austin

Independent for Dudley North

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Austin backs foodbank donation drive

Dudley MP Ian Austin has responded to the Black Country Foodbank’s appeal for goods they need by donating £100 from the MPs’ pay rise.

The foodbank issued an urgent appeal after experiencing shortages of staples including breakfast cereal, rice, tinned tomatoes and toilet rolls.

Austin stepped in to support the foodbank with £100-worth of food paid for from the fund he set up to donate the MPs’ pay rise to local good causes.

Austin will hand over the food he’s donating when he meets the foodbank’s storehouse manager Mike Crook at Albion Street, Brierley Hill DY5 3EE at 12:30pm on Wednesday 1st June.

Recent figures from the Trussell Trust show that foodbanks are still experiencing record demand, with 1.1 million emergency visits to foodbanks over the last year, up from just 40,898 in 2010.

Ian Austin said:

“The Black Country Foodbank has been working hard for years to support local people, but demand keeps rising.

“The foodbank’s volunteers are doing brilliant work, but they need donations of food and money to keep helping local families.

“I wanted to help right away, so I’m making a donation from the fund I set up to donate the MPs’ pay rise.

“Black Country people are the most generous in Britain, so I know local people will rally round to help the foodbank deal with shortages.”

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