Barbara supported FareShare's “Help feed people in need”' food collections at Walkden on 5th July.
Tesco and FareShare were supporting the Trussell Trust to raise the issue of food poverty and to collect food items from Tesco shoppers for people in need.
Barbara joined volunteers from FareShare and the Trussell Trust at the Tesco Extra store in Walkden to encourage shoppers to buy additional items of food to donate to provide emergency food for local people in financial crisis.
All food donated at the Tesco foodbank collections will go directly to local foodbanks to help people in need. The Walkden collection will help foodbanks at Cleggs Lane, Little Hulton and at Farnworth.
“Many more people have to come to food banks for help due to rising food and fuel costs, higher unemployment and cuts to tax credits and benefits. The number of people receiving help across the country from food banks run by the Trussell Trust has increased from 42,000 in 2010/11 to almost 350,000 people in 2012/13.
“Locally, we have a foodbank at Cleggs Lane Methodist Church and I am grateful to the Trussell Trust and local volunteers for getting that running.”
“There are now serious concerns that the demand for emergency food from food banks may continue to grow, as the full impact of the Government’s austerity policies takes effect. The Government needs to take urgent action to address the issues driving the need for emergency food supplies.”