Labour Parliamentary Spokesperson Andrew Pakes has pledged to help families struggling with food costs by signing up to volunteer in Britain’s largest ever food drive.
The Million Meal Appeal where shoppers can donate food to help local people in crisis is being organised by charity FareShare and Sainsbury’s stores across the country, including the Sainsbury’s stores in CMK and the Brunel Centre in Bletchley.
Andrew will be joined by Councillor Paul Williams and other volunteers on October 6 and October 7 to help collect donations.
Volunteers will be asked to greet customers and encourage them to buy an extra item of food from the Million Meal Appeal shopping list. Donations will be collected as shoppers leave the store. FareShare will then deliver the donated food to over 700 charities and community projects across the UK to help families in need.
Sainsbury’s will match the level of food donations collected over the weekend.
FareShare is seeking more volunteers to assist with the two-day food drive. Volunteers can sign up here and choose their preferred store and time slot.
Andrew was in London last week to join Shadow Environment Secretary Mary Creagh MP as she helped launch the Million Meal Appeal. Last year the Million Meal Appeal collected food for 1.2 million meals for disadvantaged people with Sainsbury’s customers buying an additional item of food for FareShare, which the charity then distributed to hostels, day centres, breakfast clubs and local projects.
Andrew Pakes, Labour & Co-operative Parliamentary Spokesperson for Milton Keynes said;
“The Million Meal Appeal will help local families struggling with rising living costs and cuts to tax credits. Milton Keynes Foodbank does an excellent job but I know that demand for help from food charities is rising under this government. I am supporting the Million Meal Appeal and I urge others to visit http://www.fareshare.org.uk to see how they can help.”
Mary Creagh MP, Labour’s Shadow Environment Secretary, who is leading the Breadline Britain campaign nationally, said: “More and more families are feeling the squeeze from higher food bills and struggling to make ends meet. It is a disgrace that even though we are the seventh richest country in the world we face an epidemic of hidden hunger, particularly in children. I hope shoppers in Milton Keynes will support the Million Meal Appeal.”