Ellesmere Port & Neston MP, Justin Madders has thanked local residents for their generosity after 73 stone, 3 pounds (465kg) of food was donated by local residents to the West Cheshire Foodbank at his latest “Ellesmere Port Giving Day.”
The event, which was held at the Ellesmere Port Asda store on Saturday 11th February, was the third Giving Day held by Justin. It proved to be even more successful than the last event, with a 50% increase in the amount of food donated to help those in need. A number of volunteers joined Justin at the event, including local Labour Party members and Councillors.
West Cheshire Foodbank is part of a nationwide network of foodbanks, supported by The Trussell Trust, working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK. They provide three days’ nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people who are referred to them in crisis. The #stillhungry Report compiled by West Cheshire Foodbank and partners including Oxford University found that problems with benefits, including delays, changes and sanctions accounted for two-thirds of all claims, while a worrying one-third of those receiving help were children.
Commenting, Justin said:
“Nobody should require emergency food parcels in any civilised society. However the reality is that the safety net that people in crisis once relied upon has been removed by policies of the current Government.
“I am very proud that local people, many of whom are experiencing difficulties themselves, have demonstrated their willingness to help others in need.
“West Cheshire Foodbank provides a vital lifeline to thousands of people in our community when they need it most and their volunteers give a huge amount of their time to help others. Anyone who wants to find out more can visit their website at westcheshire.foodbank.org.uk or phone 0151 355 7730. Donations can be made any time by dropping in to Trinity Church on Whitby Road.”