Anneliese and Andrew Smith MP launched a Christmas collection drive for the Oxford Community Emergency Foodbank
They're asking for donations of non-perishable items such as tinned food, pasta, rice and bottled sauces. These items help to provide emergency food parcels for some of the most vulnerable people in our society, who have fallen on hard times.
Anneliese said: "The staff and volunteers who give their time to support foodbanks do a wonderful job, but it is inexcusable that foodbanks are needed in this country. Nobody should have to rely on charity for the barest essentials. The Conservative-led coalition has systematically destroyed the means of support which acted as a safety net for the most vulnerable in society."
Andrew said: "I'm pleased to be able to support the Oxford Community Emergency Foodbank. It is awful that this Christmas there are people in Oxford who will have to use foodbanks to feed themselves and their families. In the wake of the recent cross-party report on the causes of the rise in demand for foodbanks, I call on the government to put an end to their unfair welfare sanctions, which often leave families without money for weeks at a time."
The Oxford Community Emergency Foodbank (CEF) started at St. Francis Church, Hollow Way, in April 2008 and is now open every Tuesday and Friday between 12 noon and 2pm. To find out what types of food you can donate, click here.
If you would like to help support the CEF please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01993 810 622 for more information.