Food bank volunteers are calling on Calder Valley MP Craig Whittaker to make a stand for hungry people in the area.
The Todmorden Food Drop-in, based at St Mary’s Church in the town, is aiming to raise awareness of the increasing levels of poverty in the upper Calder Valley and challenge government rhetoric about the issue.
Janet Garner, of the Todmorden Food Drop-in committee, said: “We believe that Craig Whittaker, along with all Members of Parliament, should be presented with the full facts and that people in the local communities should be involved in raising the issues wherever and whenever they can.
“There are currently 500,000 people using food banks in the UK and numbers are increasing.
“It is a frightening time for those who fall on hard times.
“The safety net that was put in place for working people after the war has now been eroded and for the first time since the 1940s people are having to rely on charitable handouts.
“It is a national disgrace and should be a source of shame for the government and all those who support the current austerity drive as it impacts on the poor.
“We ask that people continue to support us, and also ask that our local MP and prospective candidates make a stand for the hungry people in this constituency - whether they are out of work, on low pay, with or without children, and to put an end to this appalling situation.”