[Mr Clive Betts in the Chair] — Food Banks (Scotland)

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 9:30 am on 19th December 2012.

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Photo of Anas Sarwar Anas Sarwar Labour, Glasgow Central 9:30 am, 19th December 2012

I congratulate my hon. Friend on securing the debate. On Friday, I and the shadow Secretary of State for Scotland visited a food bank in my constituency. We were told sad stories of people, even working people, who have to go to food banks for food parcels. At the weekend, that same organisation—Elim Pentecostal Church, working in partnership with the Trussell Trust—was working with the messy church in Toryglen on Saturday on a toy bank, because many families cannot afford to buy their children toys at Christmas. Local people give toys—another demonstration of how Scotland is coming together to help people in vulnerable communities. We now need our Governments to come together to help such communities too.