Local Labour MP Tom Blenkinsop recently wrote to all major grocery stores urging them to make available for online shoppers a facility that would allow them to donate to a food bank at the end of their shopping.
In his letter to some of the UK’s largest retailers including Ocado, Tesco, Waitrose, Sainsbury’s and Asda has asked them to give serious consideration to providing a feature for online shoppers that would allow them to donate to a food bank at the end of their shopping process.
“Under this Coalition Government we are seeing a surge in the use of food banks by people who are struggling with the cost of living crisis. It is a disgrace that, as one of the largest global economies, families are struggling just to even feed themselves.
“The appearance of volunteers collecting essentials for food banks as you exit a store is a growing sight for many shoppers. However, many people now do much of their grocery shopping online and I thought it would be a missed opportunity if, as I suspect, many people are willing to donate to a food bank but they find that the option to do so is not available.
“I do not imagine this would be particularly difficult to implement, but it is something that could make a real difference to food banks, their users and the wider community. I have been encouraged by some of the responses I have received so far and will make these available in the near future.”