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'Polling Day' foodbank appeal

May 7, 2020 10:25 AM
By Southampton Liberal Democrats

Vote on HungerUnderstandably, the local elections scheduled for today were postponed because of the Covid-19 pandemic. In normal circumstances they would have been an opportunity to think about the future and the future of our city. For now though the immediate priority is to support our neighbours and communities through the hardship caused by the pandemic and the lockdown.

One way to ensure help reaches people who are really struggling is to donate to a foodbank.

Today, instead of voting, Southampton Liberal Democrats ask you to make a note to drop off an item of food when you next do your weekly shop.

Andy Beal, Freemantle spokesperson said:

"Ordinarily, we would have been be asking voters in Southampton to take 10 minutes out of their day to go and vote today.

"We have seen local neighbourhoods and communities pulling together in this crisis, but food banks have seen donations drop dramatically.

"If you can, please donate an item of food when you next go shopping to help food banks to help residents and families who are struggling in these challenging times."

James Read, Portswood spokesperson added:

"If you are able to help, please do so - I know that in these tough times food banks are in desperate need of any donations.

"If you cannot get out yourself, please let us know and one of the local team can drop your donation off for you."

Here are some useful links:

Southampton City Council COVID-19 information

Southampton Coronavirus Mutual Aid group (Facebook)

Southampton City Mission Basics Bank

You can contact us about this or any other issue here.