Last Friday Nia Griffith MP and Lee Waters AM joined Llanelli Rotary members at the town’s Tesco store to help collect food for disadvantaged local families.
Their efforts were part of Tesco’s Neighbourhood Food Collection for the Trussell Trust, a charity which provides a three day emergency meal package, to help people who are unable to put food on the table for their families for a range of reasons.
Nia Griffith MP said, “Many thanks to shoppers in Llanelli who once again have been very generous to Tesco’s collection for the Trussell Trust food bank programme. It is appalling that anyone in this day and age should be forced to turn to charity to feed their family, and shocking that many referrals are the result of serious delays in unemployment and disability payments. I will continue to demand better from Government Ministers.”
Lee Waters added, “Times are very tough for many families and may well get tougher as austerity continues to bite. Myrtle House and the Trussell Trust and all their volunteers do fantastic work helping people facing real difficulties, and Nia and I saw at firsthand how generous people in Llanelli are prepared to be. I urge anyone who can afford to add a few additional items to their shopping list to donate”.
A spokesperson for the Trussell Trust said, “Our last national collection, held in December 2015, was a fantastic success. Thanks to the generosity of our customers, the hard work of our colleagues in-store, and our top up donation, we were able to provide more than 3.6 million meals to people in need. ”
If you would like to get involved in spreading the word of Tesco and the Trussell Trust’s superb work you can tweet your messages of support using the hashtag #everycanhelps.