Frank Field MP
Your MP for Birkenhead
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Lessons for Jeremy Corbyn from Feeding Birkenhead


Immediately after his re-election as leader of the Labour Party on Saturday, Jeremy Corbyn came to visit the Neo Café project in Rock Ferry.

The Neo Café is one of our Feeding Birkenhead projects which aims to prevent children being hungry during the school holidays – a time of year when hard-up parents incur a barrage of additional costs. It does so using good food that would otherwise have been thrown to waste.

Jeremy was able to see for himself the good that could be done by a combination of this surplus food and a healthy dose of community spirit. Not only does it ensure children are adequately fed, but in so doing it enables them to gain cooking skills and have fun with their peers.

Across all of Feeding Birkenhead’s projects, 646 children were able to access free food and fun during the summer holiday. The average cost of providing for each child over the six weeks was £12.

A key lesson I hope Jeremy will have taken away on Saturday is the significant gains that could accrue to the poorest families in the country if he were able to channel the energies of his mass support into such activities.

The collective effort of half a million people he has helped recruit to the Labour Party could rescue vast sums of good food from being wasted, divert this to hungry children, and supply schools with ample breakfast supplies so that teachers need no longer pay from their own pocket for poor children to have something to eat.  

Wouldn’t that be one noble cause around which the Labour Party could unite?

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