An MP demanded that action is taken to address food shortages caused by the supply chain crisis that is affecting community larders in Oxfordshire.

On Wednesday, Layla Moran, Lib Dem MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, asked the Prime Minister what action he will be taking to ensure that surplus food will not be wasted, but instead be donated to organisations like The Cherwell Larder, based in Kidlington.

Ms Moran echoed FareShare’s call for new funding to allow them to work to save surplus food from suppliers, and redistribute it to those who need it.

The organisation recently revealed that supply chain issues have led to them being 30 per cent down on their usual stock levels.

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Speaking after Prime Minister’s Questions she said: “The work of community larders, such as the Cherwell Larder in my constituency which serves almost 2000 people, is a vital lifeline for many of my constituents. When they raised this issue with me, I knew it was incredibly important to demand action from the Government to resolve it as soon as possible.

“The supply chain issues, which have been exacerbated significantly by the Government’s botched Brexit, need urgent Government action. We need a real, long-term solution, rather than the failed sticking-plasters that have been put forward so far.

“The Prime Minister needs to ensure that the Government will take action to stop surplus food being wasted, from businesses and suppliers, and that this food will instead make its way to those who need it.”

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