Dudley North MP Ian Austin has thanked kind-hearted Black Country folk for their “stunning” donations to food bank collections he helped organise this weekend.
Generous local people handed over 538.5 kilograms of food and 18.5 kilograms of toiletries to Black Country Foodbank volunteers at the Tesco Extra store at Burnt Tree, on Friday and Saturday.
All collections will help feed local families who are struggling to put food on the table.
Volunteers and Tesco staff were on hand to inform people of the items they could donate.
Austin worked with foodbank volunteers and Tesco staff to organise the new collections which will take place twice a year. The next collections for the local Black Country Foodbank will take place next May.
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:
“What a stunning response from kind-hearted, community-spirited Black Country folk.
“It’s terrible that people are going hungry and have to rely on food banks, but the Black Country Foodbank team do fantastic work and it’s brilliant to see generous local people donating so much.
“I’m really pleased we were able to arrange these collections and I want to thank foodbank volunteers, Tesco staff and local people for such a brilliant effort.”