Earlier this week, I paid an informative visit to Harrow Foodbank. I am aware that people use foodbanks for many and varied reasons, and it was useful to be able to discuss the complex circumstances that lead people to be referred. It was also interesting to see the amazing logistics of the team, and I am very grateful for the time taken out of their busy morning to show me around.
For anybody who is able to make a donation to Harrow Foodbank, I have included a list of the current needs below:
- Fruit juice (long-life)
- Packet mash potato
- Packet puddings
- Tinned carrots
- Baby bath bubbles
- Bags for life
- Anti-bacterial surface spray
On the wider issue of foodbanks, I know that every human being has a right to nutritious and adequate food supply. This is a serious matter and it is vital everything possible is done to help people with the cost of living. Ministers are working hard to improve competition to help producers and retailers offer the best prices for food and regularly discuss all aspects of food security, including accessibility.
I am aware that people use food banks for many and varied reasons. The Government continues to provide a strong safety net through the welfare system for those who need extra support, whilst simultaneously working to support economic recovery and get people back into work as quickly as possible. While there are currently no official statistics on the number of foodbanks, which are independent charitable organisations, I understand that the Government added questions on food security to the Family Resources Survey, to support a better understanding of the lived experiences of families.