Deidre Brock MP

Member of Parliament for Edinburgh North and Leith

Meeting the volunteers at the foodbank

Last week I chatted with some of the volunteers working for the Edinburgh North East foodbank at their base in South Leith Parish Church.

It's absolutely shocking that foodbanks have become so necessary in these days of benefit delays, cuts and sanctions, but it's a fact that they provide lifeline support to people facing food poverty.

The team of volunteers - whose ages ranged from school students to retired people - were doing a fantastic job organising local food collections, sorting, storing and distributing supplies. I was really impressed by their hard work and dedication.

The foodbank always welcomes more support, whether by donating time, non-perishable food from the shopping list or cash to keep the service running. Money donations are also used to provide non-food essentials such as toilet rolls and toothpaste.

More information on how to get involved here: http://edinburghne.foodbank.org.uk/get-involved

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