Lichfield’s MP says food banks “have a role to play” after he confirmed a visit to one in the city.
Michael Fabricant confirmed he would be meeting volunteers at Lichfield Foodbank this weekend.
It comes after figures revealed an increase in the numbers using the local service over the past year.
The Conservative MP said:
“I am visiting Lichfield Foodbank because they chose to invite me and I enjoy meeting community volunteers in Lichfield.
“Food banks have a role to play and will operate whatever political party is in power.
“They also operate in the US and across the EU.”Michael Fabricant
Mr Fabricant’s visit comes after fellow Conservative MP Lee Anderson faced a backlash after he suggested foodbank usage was caused by people not being able to prepare meals or budget correctly.
“There’s not this massive use for food banks in this country.
“We’ve got generation after generation who cannot cook properly.”Lee Anderson
But Mr Anderson – who claimed almost £220,000 in expenses from 2020 to 2021 – was criticised by figures including author and campaigner Jack Monroe who said the MP’s had “nasty little ill-informed views”.
“You can’t cook meals from scratch with nothing – you can’t buy cheap food with nothing.”Jack Monroe