Ian Austin MP

Labour MP for Dudley North

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Austin to join food bank collection at Tesco

Tesco is teaming up with the Trussell Trust and FareShare in a bid to boost food bank donations for local people.

Volunteers and Tesco staff are collecting items at the front of the Tesco Extra store at Burnt Tree, from Thursday 1st December until Saturday 3rd December.

Austin will join volunteers at the store to help collect items at 2:30pm on Friday 2nd December.

Volunteers will be on hand to inform people of the items which they can donate. All collections will help feed local families who are struggling to put food on the table.

Austin has previously worked with foodbank volunteers and Tesco staff to organise collections at the store. Nationally, food banks are still experiencing record demand, with 1.1 million emergency visits to food banks over the last year, up from just 40,898 in 2010.

Ian Austin said:

“I’m really pleased that Tesco have organised these extra collections after the last ones I helped organise were such a success.

“It's terrible that people are going hungry in the 21st century, but volunteers at local foodbanks do brilliant work to help those short of food and it’s great that Tesco’s local staff want to help out.

“Black Country people are the most generous in Britain, so I know local people will rally round to help out this weekend.”

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