Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott MP and local Labour MEP Alex Mayer dropped in to meet volunteers at the Luton food bank.
They were told how it is a particularly busy time due to the practice of making donations during Ramadan.
Diane Abbott MP, Shadow Home Secretary said today: “It was a fascinating visit. I was pleased to meet the staff and the dedicated volunteers at the Luton food bank. I was also impressed at the support they get from all communities and all faiths. The told me that Ramadan was a peak giving time.
“But it is a national disgrace that in one of the richest countries in the world, people are forced to obtain free food. The rising use of food banks is a damning indictment of this Tory government and their failed austerity policies.”
Alex Mayer MEP who recently spoke about the foodbank in the European Parliament chamber said: “It is great to welcome Diane Abbott to Luton. I am delighted to be back at Luton Foodbank. I know what an important and busy time of the year it is for the foodbank, with generous Ramadan donations pouring in. Of course, it is heartbreaking that we still have a need for foodbanks. But due to the generosity of local people, some of the most vulnerable can put food on the table.”
Manager Salma Khan said “We were very pleased to have Diane Abbott a visit Luton Foodbank today. We gave a tour of the vital work that takes place in the warehouse and an insight into the work we do.
“We have seen a 30% increase in demand for food parcels since last year and are working hard through events and campaigns to raise money and food to meet these needs. We have been trying to work ourselves out of business since we started in 2013 but we are still here ensuring no one goes hungry in Luton.”