Food Bank Usage

Stephen Hepburn MP for the Jarrow Constituency has pledged that the next Labour government will halve food bank usage within its first year of office.

Mr Hepburn revealed that Labour will set a target of ending the need for food banks altogether within its first three years, requiring different food security measures to be taken across several local and central government departments.

Food insecurity has soared in Britain since Labour left office in 2010. There are now 2,000 food banks across the UK.

Last year, a record 1.6m emergency food parcels were distributed by the Trussell Trust.

The Food Foundation estimates that 4 million children in Britain are now at risk of malnutrition as a result of living in poverty.

Stephen Hepburn MP said:

“In the world’s sixth richest country, it is a scandal that people are going hungry.

“This government’s mean-spirited welfare policies and failure to think differently that has brought the situation to crisis point. Climate change and a reckless No Deal Brexit threaten to make the issue of food insecurity even worse.

“Food is a basic human right. The next Labour government will introduce a Right to Food in a Fair Food Act.

“We will make sure no one in the country needs to go hungry.”

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Stephen Hepburn has served the Jarrow Constituency as MP since 1997.

He was last elected to serve in June 2017 and won the seat with a conclusive 17,263 majority.

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