Matthew was pleased to attend an 'event of thanks' at Trinity Church in Colindale for those who continued to provide assistance during the Covid-19 pandemic .
Volunteers from Baby Basics Barnet and the Colindale Foodbank were in attendance alongside representatives of Trinity Church, Jesus House and Barnet Council.
While food supplies are important, Matthew has asked Barnet Council to continue with its initiatives to improve food sustainability through the teaching of cookery classes.
Matthew said: “It is a great regret that there is a need for food banks in the UK. Many people claim this is a result of government policy but that is not true. The creation of food banks occurred under the past Labour Government and the initiative has expanded since. They are not only used by those who are unemployed or on low incomes but also those who find themselves in financial difficultly as a result of an unexpected bill or a disruption in their income.
"What I am proud of is the actions taken by local people to address this problem. It's a great example of society in action.
"I also feel very strongly that people should be able to prepare a range of meals from scratch so they do not resort to eating expensive, processed foods. That is why I am pressing Barnet Council to continue with its cookery classes.”
Matthew is pictured in the polytunnel and outside at Trinity Church where food is being grown