Stephen Timms, the Member of Parliament for East Ham, today visited the Tesco store in Beckton as part of the National Food Collection, which was run in conjunction with the Trussell Trust and FareShare. He met with charity organisers and Tesco management and discussed how he could help companies like Tesco assist foodbanks that are increasingly in demand as a result of current austerity.
Food poverty is an increasingly serious issue in the UK, with more than 350,000 people using foodbanks last year alone. The number of people using the Trussell Trusts's foodbanks has tripled in the last year, and FareShare are now distributing food to more people than ever before, benefiting 43,000 people a day through 910 charities located around the country. Tesco have now extended their National Food Collection programme to all their stores nationwide, so they can support those finding times hard.
Speaking after the event, Stephen said: "It is more important now than ever to work with big companies like Tesco to ensure that those suffering food poverty are supported. Increasing numbers of my constituents in East Ham have started to depend on foodbanks, so it has become even more crucial to support such initiatives in the local area"