Banbury Constituency Labour Party

Labour County Councillors’ financial boost to Banbury Food Bank

Surinder Dhesi, Mark Cherry (l.), Mike Beal (rear), Manager Dave Stapleton (r.)

Surinder Dhesi, Mark Cherry (l.), Mike Beal (rear), Manager Dave Stapleton (r.)

Labour County Councillors, visited Banbury Food Bank this week, to offer their support to this vital service. Councillors Surinder Dhesi, Mark Cherry and Mike Beal donated a total of £3500 from the Oxfordshire County Council Big Society Fund to help purchase a van for food distribution in Banbury.

Food Bank Project Manager Dave Stapleton said they helped 20% more people in 2014 than the year before – 800 children and 1200 adults. Dave said there were now four distribution centres – Banbury Town, Bretch Hill, Hardwick and Grimsbury – and the whole operation was run by volunteers and completely funded by donations.

Cllr Mark Cherry said, “Starting this financial year 2015/2016, Oxford County Council have now scrapped the Big Society Fund which was a very effective way for local councillors to support local projects and give them a much need financial boost. In addition to Banbury Food Bank I used some of my fund to help Frank Wise school fund a new drama room.”

Mark continued, “Expect more austerity cuts in vital Oxfordshire Council Services – David Cameron should hold his head in shame.”

Banbury Food Bank

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