MP Julian Huppert will meet organisers and volunteers at the Cambridge City Foodbank on Thursday (March 26) to find out more about how they have been helping families in the city.
Julian will attend a reception at Magdalene College when Dr Rowan Williams, Patron of the Foodbank and the Master of the college will present the charity’s challenges and achievements.
The foodbank is part of the Trussell Trust, which works in partnership with churches and organisations across the UK to bring foodbanks to communities.
Julian said: “These volunteers are doing an excellent job helping vulnerable people in the city and they have my full support.
“We have faced a tough time coming out of one of the harshest economic downturns this country has experienced. High food prices, rising utility bills and redundancies left families struggling to make ends meet.
“We have worked to help by raising the personal tax allowance preventing the lowest paid from being taxed and put £800 back into the pockets of ordinary people. But we need to do more to help those families who find themselves in short-term difficulties.
“That is why the Lib Dems called for ring-fenced money to be made available for the local welfare provision grant to provide short-term support for people in financial difficulties, such as benefit delays. And we have also called for an end to any targets or league tables for benefit sanctions, and a yellow card system so no one is hit unfairly.
“And I have been working to make sure assessments for Disability Living Allowance and Personal Independent Payments are carried out fairly. I have also campaigned for an overhaul of the Work Capability Assessment programme inherited from the Labour government.”
Guests at Thursday’s reception will include David McCauley, Chief Executive of the Trussell Trust and representatives of charities, funders, local government, businesses and voluntary organisations.