Unite, Britain’s biggest union, is calling on MPs from across the political divide to take a stand against UK hunger by supporting the Hope not Hunger pop-up food bank when it comes to parliament on Wednesday 7 December.
WHEN: Wednesday 7 December 2016 from 12:30-14:30
WHERE: Old Palace Yard, opposite the Houses of Parliament SW1
Teaming up with the Trussell Trust and Daily Mirror’s Real Britain, Unite is staging the food bank outside parliament to raise much needed funds to help the charity feed over 130,000 people this Christmas as it braces for its busiest month of the year.
At the food bank will be Tracy Brabin, Labour MP for Batley and Spen who used her first week in the Commons to highlight the vital work food banks do, as well as Labour’s Debbie Abrahams who has been fighting to reverse the cuts to in-work benefits which are causing a surge in food bank use by people on poverty pay.
Figures released last Friday (2 December) reveal that during December 2015, The Trussell Trust’s food bank network provided 133,734 three day emergency food supplies to people in crisis; 56,779 of these went to children.
The call comes with the launch of Unite’s Hope not Hunger Christmas appeal which has already raised thousands of pounds in donations for Trussell Trust food banks from union members across the country.
Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said: “No person should have to choose between heating and eating this Christmas but without the support of local food banks up and down the country many thousands will.
“It is shocking to think that in the world’s sixth richest nation, Trussell Trust food banks will feed over 130,000 people this Christmas. That’s more than double the number of people fed when we last teamed up with the charity in 2013.
“Three years ago we called on the government to face up to the growing crisis it had caused. Three more years of Tory austerity and things are worse. Fuel and food poverty is on the rise with the squeeze on wages and work insecurity forcing increasing numbers of working people to turn to food banks to feed their families.
“With food banks braced for their busiest month, MPs are urged to do their bit to raise awareness of UK hunger by popping along and donating to our ‘Hope not Hunger pop up food bank. Holiday food is good, but food banks need the basics that we take for granted like toilet rolls, toothpaste and toothbrushes, deodorant, shampoo, winter coats, gloves, scarves and Christmas presents for the kids.
“Unite members have shown time and again that they are very generous when it comes to remembering people in crisis. Now we need MPs from all political parties to speak out and put an end to UK hunger once and for all.”
For more information please contact, Unite campaigns officer Chantal Chegrinec on 07774146777
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- Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey