Shoppers are being urged by Wansbeck MP Ian Lavery to spare what they can from their weekly supermarket shops to help keep up stocks at food banks over summer.
The six-week-long school summer holidays can increase the burden on families struggling to afford groceries as their children no longer have access to free school meals, so are simply not available to their children, so food banks are looking to help out.
Over the next few weeks, a neighbourhood food collection scheme will aim to provide at least four million meals nationwide to help feed people in need. The scheme is being run by the Trussell Trust and FareShare.
“Supermarket collections are one of the main ways that food banks are stocked with supplies to pass on to people in real danger of going hungry,” he said. “Even just a couple of tins or packets can make a real difference.”
“We know the school holidays can be a tough time for people who rely on school dinners to make sure their children get at least one good meal a day.
“The Trussell Trust tells me that more than 90 per cent of the food given out at food banks is very generously donated by the public, and it is heartwarming to know that so many people are thinking of others less fortunate than themselves.
“My appeal to local people is to help make sure no child goes hungry this summer in Wansbeck, and I know from the bottom of my heart that they will respond and give what they can to help make sure that does not happen.”