Frank Field MP
Your MP for Birkenhead
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Might we begin 2015 with the objective of making Birkenhead a hunger-free town?


This year saw the continued rise of food banks in Birkenhead and across hungry Britain. Might we begin 2015 with the objective of making Birkenhead a hunger-free town?

I called a meeting at the Christian Centre just before Christmas to try to get work underway on this front.

Together with FareShare, Wirral Foodbank, YMCA Wirral and an initial 17 churches and voluntary groups, we’ve set up Feeding Birkenhead – the first of a series of pilot projects to emerge from the national inquiry into hunger in the United Kingdom.

I’ll continue to lobby for reforms at a national level to help reduce the need for food banks – through higher wages for low paid workers, a fairer and more reliable benefits system, and an end to rip-off utility charges.

But our immediate priority is to provide food for hungry school children during the next main school holiday at Easter.

I am writing in January, therefore, to each primary school and some secondary schools across the town inviting them to bid for grants of up to £2,500 from the Birkenhead component of the Your Wirral fund, in order to pursue this objective.

Schools might also wish to use this funding to lay on new breakfast clubs or after-school food clubs. Might you please email me on should you or your child’s school be interested in applying for a grant?

Feeding Birkenhead will campaign alongside this to raise awareness of the specific issues that push individuals and families in the town to the brink of hunger. It will then use this to push for local improvements, for example, in the time taken to administer new benefit claims and the take-up of emergency payments.

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