Dudley MP Ian Austin is joining a local supermarket food collection.
Dudley MP Ian Austin will ask shoppers to donate items from their weekly shop when he takes part in a food collection on Friday 4th July.
The collection at Tesco Extra in Dudley is being organised by the Trussell Trust and is one of hundreds taking place at stores across the country on Thursday 3rd July to Saturday 5th July. Goods collected by Austin and his team will be distributed by local charities and given to people in need.
In partnership with FareShare, Trussell Trust redistributed enough food for 10 million meals through their network of 900 charities and local groups across the country last year. The Trussell Trust reports that many of the 900,000 users of their food banks are in work but on wages which are too low to feed their family.
With budgets squeezed to such an extent that even working families are being forced to turn to food banks, Austin has praised charities for getting food to those people who need it but demands more needs to be done.
Ian Austin MP said:
“Families here in Dudley are really struggling to make ends meet. Even though food banks do brilliant work helping people feed themselves and their families, more needs to be done to ensure people do not need to use them.
“The out-of-touch Government needs to wake up to reality and give more support to the millions of ordinary people who are struggling to get by.”