The Bishop of Durham is encouraging people to attend meetings about food banks at Churches across South Shields. It's part of a Parliamentary inquiry into the extent and causes of hunger in Britain and what can be done about it.
Members of the All Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Hunger and Food Poverty are in South Shields to help look into what services are available.
"The group is anxious to hear from those who find themselves in food poverty and also from groups and volunteers who are working to try and help through the provision of food assistance. "This has become a major issue for society and I urge North East people to provide evidence to the inquiry. "The group is keen to meet with those who have needed food assistance and those who provide this practical support. "This is a chance for the North East to inform national decision-making on this crucial issue." **