This Christmas will be especially difficult for hundreds of families in our area who have seen their income drop due to coronavirus and are struggling to make ends meet. Even before the coronavirus pandemic, food poverty was rising in the UK, a shameful fact in one of the richest countries in the world.
We need major changes in government policy to put an end to food poverty, policies which ensure that people are paid a real living wage, and that meaningful support is there for everyone who needs it. I will keep campaigning in Parliament for this change. But in the meantime I am so grateful for the tireless work of the staff and volunteers at Norwood and Brixton food bank.
This Christmas they are busier than ever, currently delivering hundreds of food parcels each week to people who need extra help, and doing so with real love and care. Please help our local foodbanks ensure that no-one in our communities has to go hungry this Christmas. You can give £5, £10 or £20 by texting DINNER (eg to give £10 text DINNER10) to 70085. More details are at the end of my short film. Thank you!