Yvette Secures £5000 for Local Food Banks
Yvette Cooper MP has worked with trade unions to secure £5,000 from the T.U.U.T Charitable Trust to distribute to local food banks in the five towns.
Nearly a third of children in the five towns are growing up in poverty, and almost 5000 local people in Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford received emergency food supplies from food banks between April 2018 and March 2019.
The money is being used to support families across the area, including to provide extra help during the summer holidays when many children have been going hungry because they don’t have school meals and their parents are overstretched. Yvette has been working with projects like the Well Project in Normanton which runs a Trussell Trust food bank at Haw Hill Park.
The money is being split between Pontefract Food Bank, St Giles Centre, Knottingley Food Bank, Smawthorne Community Project, Trinity Mission and The Well Project.
Yvette said: “Families round here are really struggling due to rising food bills and the nightmare of Universal Credit. The pressure on families is even greater over the summer holidays when school meals stop for kids and I’ve spoken to mums who are going without food themselves to make sure their kids stay fed. Local charities and volunteers are doing their best to help and it is very welcome that the T.U.U.T Charitable Trust has provided some extra money for summer support, but it is disgraceful that in the 21st century children are going hungry during the school holidays. This is the direct result of Tory policies and yet Boris Johnson is still promising tax cuts for the richest 10% of people and doing nothing for overstretched families in our towns.”
Michelle Newton from the Well Project said: “It’s unfair that families are facing these pressures but thank you to everyone who has been donating food and items and to all of the volunteers who do such an incredible job to support local families.”