In December, I relaunched my Aberavon Christmas Campaign, in which I deliver donations to food banks and care homes in Aberavon. Thanks to the support of Morrisons, I was able to provide some festive cheer to the residents and staff of care homes across Aberavon. I was delighted to have the opportunity to meet and say a huge thank you to some of the wonderful carers working in Port Talbot to keep our loved ones safe. The essential work carried out by these dedicated men and women has been instrumental in protecting the most vulnerable of our communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Thanks to the support of Tesco and Amazon, I was able to donate some Christmas treats to four food banks across Aberavon. Allowing me to meet some of the wonderful staff whose dedication and commitment to their work provides a vital lifeline to individuals and families in crisis. The need for foodbanks – in one of the richest countries in the world – is not inevitable but rather a policy choice by the Conservative government. Food banks are increasingly unable to meet the demand caused by the Conservative-made cost of living crisis, the £20-a-weekuniversal credit cut and other measures that are resulting in a shrinking welfare state.