At the second Ellesmere Port Giving Day organised by local MP, Justin Madders a massive 314kg (49 Stone, 6 Pounds) of food was donated by generous local residents, equivalent to around four times the body-weight of the average adult in the UK!
At the event, which was held at the Ellesmere Port ASDA store on Saturday 13th August, Justin was joined by local volunteers keen to offer their support to the West Cheshire Foodbank.
West Cheshire Foodbank helps local people in crisis by offering emergency three-day food parcels. In 2015, over 5,000 parcels were distributed to local residents and usage has surged in recent years. The ground-breaking #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:
“I am extremely proud that people from Ellesmere Port have once again demonstrated their generosity and willingness to help others in need.
“While nobody should need to require emergency food parcels in any civilised society; unfortunately, more and more people are finding themselves in desperate need due to the policies of the current Government.
“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.”