Panel set to be quizzed over foodbanks

SUPPORTERS, users and organisers of foodbanks in the Evesham and Stratford areas will have the opportunity to put politicians on the spot at a special Question Time.

A panel of politicians and experts including MP Nadhim Zahawi, prospective Labour parliamentary candidates Liz Adams and Daniel Walton (Labour, West Worcs) will face questions on Friday, June 13.

They will be joined by Anne Danks, Regional Officer for the Trussell Trust and National Policy Advisor for the Methodist, Baptist and United Reformed Churches, Paul Morrison.

The number of people using Foodbanks has shot up during the last 12 months and at Evesham’s ‘Caring Hands’ it has doubled with 800 food parcels being given out.

Reverend David Haslam MBE, from Evesham, will chair the debate and foodbank users will be invited briefly to tell their stories of why they needed a foodbank.

Rev Haslam said: “This is an issue which is seriously engaging all the Churches at national level, as well as the Archbishop of Canterbury and many Bishops.

"The basic question being asked is, ‘How can this be happening in a country which is the seventh richest in the world?"

The meeting will take place at Stratford Methodist Church, in Old Town, and those taking part will gather at 7.15pm for refreshments before the meeting starts at 7.45pm.

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