The Bishop of Durham has urged North East people to provide evidence to a Parliamentary inquiry into food banks when it visits the region next month. Members of the All Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Hunger and Food Poverty will visit South Shields on Friday July 4 The group is co-chaired by The Right Hon Frank Field MP and The Right Revd Tim Thornton, Bishop of Truro, and more information on its work is available at http://foodpovertyinquiry.org The purpose of the visit is to help gather evidence into the extent and causes of hunger in Britain and the scope of the provision available to alleviate it. This is one of a series of meetings across the country. Bishop of Durham, the Right Revd Paul Butler, a long-time supporter of food banks, said: “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.” On July 4, the group will visit the South Tyneside Churches Together Key Project at St Mary’s Centre Tyne Dock, which provides assistance to young people and those under 25, and also the New Hope Food Bank in South Shields At 12 noon, at St Judes Parish Hall Rekendyke, providers of food assistance, groups and volunteers and those who have made use of Food Banks are welcome to come and meet the group and share their experiences and stories. Later in the afternoon there will be a chance for statutory and referral agencies to provide evidence to the group.