North Croydon MP Steve Reed helped volunteers from Croydon’s Bangladeshi community deliver hot food to staff at Croydon hospital who later Tweeted their thanks for keeping ‘busy staff fed’.

The MP was joined by Croydon Mayor Humayun Kabir, after an earlier visit to a food bank being run by the British Bangladeshi Society Croydon at Queens Community Hall based at 1 Turners Crescent.

He met with its president Nasar Ali and Mohammed Islam at the food bank which is open every Sunday between 12-2pm and has helped supply food parcels to dozens of people.( Ring 07984876193 to register for a food parcel).

The MP said: “People can come and collect food who would otherwise be going without. This is a wonderful service available to the whole community.”

The BBSC has also been providing hot meals for the homeless in Croydon.

Earlier the MP visited Age UK’s food hub in Brigstock Road where he met with the chief executive Jill Kyne and heard about its new Companion Call Line service (0208 686 0066). It is working in partnership with CVA to pair people who would like to receive a regular call, with volunteers.

He also praised the efforts of Croydon Voluntary Action and said that everyone there was doing an “amazing job for our community.”

Steve who was recently appointed Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government by Labour’s new leader Keir Starmer said of his appointment: “Councillors and council workers are responding heroically to coronavirus, and I want to make sure they have all the resources they need to succeed.”