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Unite, Britain’s biggest union, is calling on MPs from across the political divide to take a stand against UK hunger by supporting the Hope not Hunger pop-up foodbank when it comes to parliament on Wednesday 7 December.
Teaming up with the Trussell Trust and Daily Mirror’s Real Britain, Unite is staging the foodbank outside parliament to raise much needed funds to help the charity feed over 130,000 people this Christmas as it braces for its busiest month of the year.
At the foodbank will be Tracy Brabin, Labour MP for Batley and Spen who used her first week in the Commons to highlight the vital work foodbanks do, as well as Labour’s Debbie Abrahams who has been fighting to reverse the cuts to in-work benefits which are causing a surge in foodbank use by people on poverty pay.
Figures released last Friday (2 December) reveal that during December 2015, The Trussell Trust’s foodbank network provided 133,734 three day emergency food supplies to people in crisis; 56,779 of these went to children.
The call comes with the launch of Unite’s Hope not Hunger Christmas appeal which has already raised thousands of pounds in donations for Trussell Trust foodbanks from union members across the country.