Roberta with staff and volunteers at the Tesco Food Collection
Roberta with staff and volunteers at the Tesco Food Collection

On Friday 30 November, Roberta Blackman-Woods, MP for the City of Durham, joined staff and volunteers at Durham Tesco Extra in Dragonville to take part in the Tesco Food Collection for local Foodbanks.

Recent figures from national charity The Trussell Trust show that between 1 April and 30 September this year, over 7700 three-day emergency food supplies were provided by Durham Foodbank to people in the constituency, with 2534 of these going to children.

This year, Tesco’s foodbank collection is taking place between 29 November and 1 December, and was once again organised in conjunction with The Trussell Trust and food redistribution charity FareShare.

Roberta said:

“Today I joined staff at Tesco Extra in Durham, who do such a good job collecting food for the local Foodbank. The problems people are experiencing with Universal Credit, which is supposed to support those on low incomes and low wages, show this service is needed more than ever and therefore we must support local foodbanks as much as we can.

The food collection is always hugely successful thanks to the huge level of support it receives from Tesco, the Trussell Trust and FareShare, as well as the huge generosity shown by customers donating much needed items when shopping. It’s always humbling to see how much people give, even when they don’t have very much themselves.

My thanks go to everyone who has helped organise the food collection, to shoppers who have kindly donated goods, and of course to the wonderful volunteers at Durham Foodbank, who do so much to help distribute the food supplies, and support people and families in need.”

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