Chris Elmore MP is urging his constituents to donate to their local food banks if they are able to spare a few items of shopping each week.
With the weather getting colder and people increasingly feeling the pinch during the winter months, food bank demand is greater than ever. It is vital that food banks have the supplies they need to meet the demand to relieve the strain on hardworking families.
Chris Elmore said:
“It’s terribly sad that in twenty-first century Britain, we are asking people to help feed others, but in the wake of austerity and cuts to public services, it is unfortunately a necessity.
“Thankfully, there are many people willing and able to donate items, but this need is increasing all the time and food banks are struggling to keep up with the demand.
“If you’re able to donate, please do pop into my office and drop off any items you’re able to. Any donations will be gratefully received.”
Food banks provide people in need with a minimum of three-days’ nutritionally balanced, non-perishable tinned and dried foods such as cereal, soup, pasta and rice, tinned vegetables and meat, tea and coffee, tinned fruit, and long-life milk. Many food banks also provide toiletries and hygiene products.
Key items wanted as donations include: cereal, soup, pasta, rice, tinned tomatoes/pasta sauce, lentils, beans, pulses, tinned meat, tinned vegetables, tea/coffee, tinned fruit, biscuits, UHT milk, and fruit juice.
There are a number of drop-off points across the Ogmore constituency, which can be found on the Trussell Trust’s website (www.thetrusselltrust.org), but items can also be dropped off at Chris’ office at 44a Penybont Road, Pencoed, CF35 5RA.