On a visit to a Cardiff Foodbank, Welsh Liberal Democrat Leader Jane Dodds has called the number of people needing Foodbanks in Wales disgraceful and urged the Welsh and UK Governments to do all they can to alleviate the crisis.
Jane Dodds is visiting Cardiff Foodbank’s warehouse and a distribution centre in Llanedeyrn alongside Foodbank Development Manager Helen Bull.
In 2017/18 98,350 three-day emergency food supplies were given out by Trussell Trust Foodbanks in Wales.
Welsh Liberal Democrat Leader Jane Dodds commented:
I feel deeply ashamed that there is a need for Foodbanks in Wales in 2018 and that so many people are forced to turn to them to get the basic food supplies they need.
Foodbank volunteers are, compassionate, caring and selfless people who deserve our respect and admiration. However, it is a disgrace that Foodbanks need to exist in Wales, there should be no place for them in society.
We must recreate a welfare state that tackles poverty and food insecurity. A state that guarantees every citizen a basic standard of living and gives everyone a helping hand when times get tough. We are committed to reestablishing a welfare state where no-one needs the help of a Foodbank just to get by.