Dudley North MP Ian Austin and members of the local Labour Party have stepped in with donations worth £500 to help the local food bank.
They handed over much needed foodstuffs and household items when the Black Country Foodbank launched an urgent appeal after stock levels ran “critically low”.
Demand for their work has gone up as a result of the increase in rough sleeping and people hit by benefit sanctions or Universal Credit which are seeing people having their benefits delayed or stopped.
The charity provided 182,000 meals between April 2017 to March 2018. Of these, 60,020 were for children, an increase of five per cent on the previous year. More than 6,750 children are expected to have been fed during the six-week school summer holidays.
The Foodbank urgently needs fruit juice, fruit cordial, UHT milk, instant noodles, tinned tomatoes, potatoes, meat, fish and fruit, small jars of coffee, hot chocolate and biscuits. Items can be handed over at the main warehouse on Albion Street, Brierley Hill, DY5 3EE Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9am-2pm
Ian Austin said:
“It’s a scandal foodbanks are needed at all in this day and age, but more and more people are being hit by benefit cuts or sleeping rough and the Black Country Foodbank does superb work in our community so we asked local Labour members to help when they issued a call for help.
“I promised to match anything members contributed with the Good Causes fund I set up when I refused to take the MPs’ pay rise and I reckon we’ve got donations or food totalling about £500 in just a couple of days.”