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MP thanks foodbank volunteers

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SHOPPERS at Tesco were once again called upon by volunteers from Ammanford Foodbank to help donate food parcels for those in need.

Each year The Trussell Trust, which operates over 400 food banks across the UK, and the FareShare organisation team up with retail giant Tesco to ask customers to donate long-life meals to those dependent on the service.

The 2016 December collection contributed 3.4million meals to the service.

Last year more than 95,000 3-day emergency food supplies were given by Trussell Trust foodbanks in Wales alone.

Local Member of Parliament Jonathan Edwards again joined volunteers to support the collection. He thanked volunteers for their efforts and urged those who are in a position to donate to consider helping out.

Jonathan Edwards MP said: “Officially opening the foodbank in Ammanford was one of the most humbling duties I’ve undertaken since being elected. To see so many people having to depend on the support of others due to a heartless London government is the most sobering of circumstances.

“That said, I am filled with a tremendous amount of pride knowing that we have so many generous and caring neighbours who give up their time, energy and money to ensure those who have fallen on difficult times can receive assistance.

“I am full of admiration of the volunteers and I offer my sincere thanks for all of their efforts.

“From my conversations at the collection I know there is a particular need for toiletries.

“My Assembly Member colleague, Adam Price and our staff team have pledged to donate a parcel of toiletries to the foodbank ahead of Christmas.

“I would urge anybody who is in a position to support the foodbank to kindly consider a donation.”

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  1. A Non

    December 6, 2017 at 3:22 pm

    Nice to see Plaid Cymru’s entry for the Perfect Political Photograph of 2017.

    Some numbers:
    35m, distance from Plaid offices to the Foodbank
    535m, distance from Plaid offices to Tesco collection point (who kindly gift further contributions based on the recorded weight of public donations)
    52, number of times volunteers have distributed food to those in crisis or need in their community in the last year (ie every Friday)
    2, number of times the Foodbank has organised collections in Tesco in the last year (though unmanned collections are received each week)
    0, number of visits by a Plaid Cymru MP or AM to Foodbank (with or *without* a camera) in the last year.

    If you want to thank/encourage the many volunteers that give selflessly, then why not make a quiet visit, rather than repeat last year’s PR stunt – or can’t that blamed on the Tories?

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Around 50 items were stolen – Dewalt and Makita branded power tools and batteries – which are valued at nearly £6,000.

Officers are keen to speak to the man pictured, who may have information that could help them with their enquiries.

If you recognise the man in the photograph, believe it is you, or have any information that could help officers with their investigation contact PC Christopher Day by calling 101.

If you are approached to buy cheap tools, or see cheap tools for sale, report it to Dyfed-Powys Police by calling 101.

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