Local MP takes to streets to support fight against food poverty
MP for Cardiff South and Penarth, Stephen Doughty, has taken to the streets of the capital to support the work of charities and volunteers making a difference in the fight against food poverty.
He joined national charity Fareshare, at their Cardiff base, and helped to deliver food to local charities supporting the homeless and vulnerable – following up on a visit to Penarth Tesco to help collect food for local foodbanks.
Commenting on his visit, Doughty said:
“The work of organisations like Fareshare in making sure that perfectly good and nutritious food that would otherwise be thrown away, makes it to those who need it across our local area, is truly remarkable.
“I had the chance to meet volunteer warehouse workers and drivers, who are literally a lifeline to some of the most vulnerable people. Sadly there is only an ever increasing need for their services at present.
“I also commend the work being done by staff at supermarkets like Tesco, Sainsbury’s and the Cooperative who have all been helping to encourage shoppers to give a little bit extra to help their neighbours.
“Foodbanks in Cardiff and the Vale are seeing month on month increases in demand as households struggle to shoulder the rising cost of living and put food on the table. The declining quality of people’s diet is also a key cause for concern, with lower income families eating 30% less fresh fruit and vegetables compared to 2006, before the recession.”
Doughty has also spoken up in the House of Commons, using the opportunity of the first adjournment debate he spoke in to highlight the increasingly difficult circumstances many hungry families are facing across Cardiff and Penarth. He also highlighted the work of supermarkets, faith groups and charities in tackling the problem head on.
Speaking in the Commons, the Labour and Cooperative MP said:
“When I was working with the charity World Vision, I travelled to Malawi and saw the work of the UN world food programme. Supplies were being handed out to people in the famine-struck areas of southern Malawi and southern Africa… I have seen absolute poverty in the world. I did not expect to come here to talk about people in this country receiving parcels from food banks.
“We have heard about the perfect storm of rising prices, low and stagnating incomes and their effect on people… people do not understand why millionaires are getting tax cuts when so many are having to rely on food banks.”