MP Ed asking for food donation help

Published 08 March, 2013

Ed Miliband is urging people to donate food after revealing the number of people in Doncaster who cannot afford to feed themselves has more than tripled.
 
The Doncaster North MP joins volunteers from Food Aware - which operates three food banks across the borough - at two supermarkets today to help collect donations of tinned and dried foods.
 
All the donated items will then be handed to the not-for-profit social enterprise, which is based in Mexborough.
 
Mr Miliband said:

"In the past year too many people across Doncaster have had to turn to food banks because they simply don't have enough money to make ends meet. The number of people using Food Aware has tripled.
 
"Some of the people using their services are hard-working families whose wages can't last them for the whole month”.
 
"It's an issue I have already raised with David Cameron, and I will continue to ask questions. The government must take food poverty seriously before this situation gets worse”.
 
"As food and energy prices carry on going up, this is a problem that could get worse."

In Doncaster last year Food Aware's food banks handed out the equivalent of 10,000 meals to families who could not afford to put a meal on the table. The organisation hopes to open up to another seven food banks across the borough.

Managing Director Sean Gibbons said:

"The volunteers who help to run our food banks do an excellent job, but we rely on donations and demand is rising at the moment.

 "I'd encourage anyone who can spare something, even if it is just a tin of food, to come along and give it to one of our volunteers”.

“We now have three official food banks in Doncaster, based in Conisbrough, Intake and Balby”
 
“Food Aware feeds around 1,200 people per week across South Yorkshire in partnership with other organisations.

Ros Jones, who will staff one of the stalls, said:

"I think people are waking up to the scale of the crisis and realising it isn't going to get better any time soon because of increases in the cost of living.
 
"Unfortunately food donations are becoming more and more common with many households in Doncaster now reliant on the generosity of others."

An "eat well" food box costs £2.50, but free boxes are available to those who need them.
 
To contact Food Aware, call Sean on 07887 750 175 or email info@foodawarecic.org.uk
 
The three food banks are open on Fridays from 11am to 1pm.