Over the past year there has been a huge increase in food poverty in the UK as families struggle with higher living costs, lower wages and welfare changes. Ahead of the Christmas period Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland MP, Tom Blenkinsop, has set up a collection point for constituents to make a small donation of food.
“With the Christmas holidays coming up, local food banks are likely to see an increase in demand. People in Teesside have a proud tradition of reaching out and helping our neighbours in times of need. Food banks are a good example of that tradition in action.
“From visiting local food banks over the past year it is clear that the situation is getting worse and demand is going up. Food bank users are no longer the homeless, or people with drug and alcohol problems; the biggest demand is now coming from families struggling with debt and unemployment.
“I would encourage residents who are able to make a small donation to pop into my office over the next few weeks to make what will undoubtedly be a valuable contribution to someone in need this Christmas.”
Donations can be made at 6-8 Wilson Street Guisborough, TS14 6NA
Examples of suitable donations include:
- Long-life fruit juice
- Tinned vegetables / fruit
- Tinned fish / meats
- Long-life milk
- Pasta sauces
- Sponge pudding (tinned)
- Rice pudding (tinned)
- Tea bags / instant coffee
- Instant mash potato