|Councillor Chris Coates|
"The message that this sends to people struggling to make ends meet is that our local MPs don't care about you," feels Councillor Coates. "To turn away from those in need at this time of year is unbelievable.
The call on the government to do something about the rising use of food banks follows on from calls earlier in the year by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, Olivier de Schutter, that the UK government was “Shirking its responsibilities.”.
The number of people using foodbanks provided by the Trussell Trust has increased from 41,000 in 2010 to more than 500,000 since April this year
• Read the debate in Hansard: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201314/cmhansrd/cm131218/debtext/131218-0003.htm#13121855000003
Local Food Banks
Olive Branch Food Bank
1 Westbourne Road, Lancaster LA1 5DB
Tel: 01524 555715 Mobile: http://www.the-olivebranch.org.uk
Morecambe Bay Foodbank
The G.Y.M. Methodist Church, Green Street, Morecambe LA4 5HN
Tel: 07591 763 130
• Trussell Trust Food Bank network map if you want to donate, volunteer or seek help - http://www.trusselltrust.org/map. You can also send cheques payable to “The Trussell Trust” to: The Trussell Trust, Unit 10, Ashfield Trading Estate, Salisbury SP2 7HL
• To donate to the Mirror's Food Bank appeal visit justgiving.com/Mirror-Foodbank-Appeal.
Alternatively you can donate by calling 01722 580 208 between 9.30am and 5pm or text FBOX99 £1 or £2, £3, £4, £5, £10 to 70070 e.g: text “FBOX99 £5” to 70070