MP PLEDGES TO BACK ‘Million Meal’ food drive

DENTON AND REDDISH MP USES HIS LOAF TO HELP BREADLINE BRITAIN.

Andrew Gwynne MP has pledged to help local residents living on the breadline by signing up to volunteer at a local 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 at their Denton Store. As part of the appeal on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th October, Andrew Gwynne has signed up to help collect donations, something he also helped to promote last year (pictured above, at Denton Sainsbury’s during the 2011 campaign).

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 at http://www.fareshare.org.uk to register, and choose their preferred store and time slot.

The Million Meal Appeal comes as the economic crisis deepens and the rising costs of living hits households in Denton and Reddish hard. Food prices rose by more than four per cent over the last year and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation estimate that around 5.8 million people in the UK struggle to afford everyday essentials like food.

Andrew Gwynne MP said:

“The Million Meal Appeal will help local families struggling with rising living costs and cuts to tax credits. Local food banks in Greater Manchester do an excellent job but I know that demand is rising under this government. I am supporting the Million Meal Appeal and I urge others to visit 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 added:

 “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 Tameside and Stockport will support the Million Meal Appeal.”

ENDS

Notes

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.

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