In the lead up to Christmas this week, I took part in a volunteering session at Plymouth Foodbank.
 
In a rich country like Britain no one should go hungry but low wages, steep rents and rising bills mean many are unable to afford food and basic toiletries.
 
Last Christmas, I launched a joint fundraiser with Plymouth Foodbank to tackle fuel poverty.
 
The fundraiser raised over £6000, helped purchase 80 electric blankets for people in Plymouth who are unable to afford to heat their homes.
 
Plymouth Foodbank is a vital service, but it is struggling to cope with soaring levels of demand this winter.
 
The charity has seen a 67% increase in demand compared to last year, despite physical food donations dropping by 73% and a huge fall in financial donations.
 
The volunteers and staff at Plymouth Foodbank are doing an extraordinary job, but they need us all to step up to help meet the surging demand for food and tackle rising poverty in Plymouth.
 
If you are in a position to do so, please consider donating money or essential items from your weekly shop to the Foodbank – it will make a huge difference this Christmas to those in need.
 
Thank you.
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