On Thursday 25 April Jon Cruddas joined Cllr Sade Bright, Cabinet Member for Employment, Skills and Aspiration at the council’s Community Food Club. The food club recently opened in Heath Ward and helps support the most vulnerable residents providing £20 worth of food for £3.50. The Food Club opened earlier this year and Jon went to meet the staff and find out how it is helping the community.

The Food Club is open to residents of Heath ward and Eastbrook ward in Dagenham and membership is available for one person per household, to visit once a week and is valid for 3 months. Membership provides access to support from a wide range of services including advice on finances, health, employment, training and skills.

Jon Cruddas MP said: “at a time when food banks are in double figures across the constituency I think this is a fantastic initiative from the council. I commend the hard work of Cllr Bright in making this project possible – it was great to meet the staff and speak with residents accessing the services.”

Cllr Bright added: “we are pleased to have the support of the MP in this endeavour and it was great to see him at the Club. The Heath Ward Community Food Club is the first of many and the council will be opening the second one in Marks Gate towards the end of May.”

The Community Food Club is open every Monday and Thursday between 11am and 1pm at William Bellamy Children’s Centr, Frizlands Lane, Dagenham, RM10 7HX. For more information you can email cfc.wbcc@lbbd.gov.uk or call on 020 8724 1924.

The Heath CFC is only available to Heath Ward residents. If you are unsure whether you live in Heath or Eastbrook Ward please use the postcode finder here: https://www.lbbd.gov.uk/community-food-club