‘Time to give Milton Keynes’ needy children an Easter Egg treat’

Andrew Pakes' Easter Egg collection at Waitrose the team from MK Foodbank
Andrew Pakes' Easter Egg collection at Waitrose the team from MK Foodbank

A would-be MP joined MK Foodbank to collect a donation of chocolate eggs from Waitrose for needy children at Easter.

MK Foodbank has reported that demand is up 70 percent compared to this time last year as many families still struggle to make ends meet

Labour’s Andrew Pakes approached Waitrose to ask for a donation to help ensure the children of parents receiving help from the foodbank did not miss out this Easter.

The store donated 100 Easter eggs and Andrew, his party’s candidate in the Milton Keynes South constituency, is asking for more donations to ensure every child gets a treat over Easter.

He said: “I would like to thank the partners at Waitrose for their kind donation of Easter Eggs. Many families are still facing a tough time in Milton Keynes and will be relying on help from MK Foodbank to get through the Easter holiday.

“I am delighted Waitrose have helped kick start the Easter Egg appeal to make sure children whose parents are relying on MK Foodbank also get a treat this holiday season. The foodbank is always looking for donations of food, not just Easter Eggs, so pleased get involved and help make a donation if you can.”

The news comes as a report due to be heard by Milton Keynes Council’s cabinet next week, addresses the increasing pressure on foodbanks.

The report states: “Since the introduction of the welfare reforms, the number of food parcels provided by the foodbank in Milton Keynes has increased from 7,000 food parcels in 2011 to 12,000 in 2013.”

The report adds: “The foodbank works closely with organisations that are able to refer their clients to the foodbank and has recently seen an increase in referrals from places such as doctors’ surgeries and schools.

“Milton Keynes foodbank receives no direct funding and is wholly dependent on donations of food from the community.

“In 2012, £84,000 was received in the form of food donations, increasing to £140,000 in 2013. The current growth in demand is unsustainable.”