Wayne David, MP for Caerphilly, is giving his full support to local food banks after visiting the Rhymney Valley Food Bank, which was collecting food at Tesco in Ystrad Mynach.
Food banks have been increasing in number as the economic situation for people has worsened. Food banks collect donations of tinned and dried food from members of the public which are sorted and stored in warehouses. In the case of the Trussell Trust which supports a network of food banks across Wales including the food bank in the Rhymney Valley, emergency food vouchers are held by frontline care professionals such as social workers, benefit officers and charity workers. These vouchers are then issued to those assessed in need or who are in danger of going hungry.
Clients then redeem their vouchers at a local food bank distribution centre.
Wayne David said, “Food banks are unfortunately fulfilling a real need in the Rhymney Valley. Times are tough and a growing number of people are finding it very difficult to make ends meet. Energy and food bills are sky high and even many people in work are finding it difficult to put food on the table for their families.
“There are some wonderful volunteers involved in local food banks and I warmly support their efforts.”