FORMER Prime Minister David Cameron pitched in yesterday to load food parcels for the elderly and needy in towns and villages near his Oxfordshire home.
The ex-PM who said he believed the Government was going a good job in handling the coronavirus epidemic, queued outside a church in his home town for his “cargo” of boxes of provisions which he then drove around the area delivering personally whilst observing the social distancing rules.
Mr Cameron, who resigned as Prime Minister and as Tory MP for Witney in Oxfordshire following the public vote in favour of Brexit, is one of a group of 35 volunteers who staff the “Chippy Larder” in Chipping Norton each Friday.
They distribute food which is supplied free of charge by supermarkets across Oxfordshire and which would otherwise go to landfill and be destroyed.
Taking part in Friday’s non-perishable food distribution runs, Mr Cameron said he got involved in the Chippy Larder as he wanted to do something to help out in the community.
His daughter Nancy is also one of the volunteers.
He said: “I had been helping St Mary’s Church and they told me about the Chippy Larder. What’s amazing is that more volunteers are joining in – the Big Society is alive and well in West Oxfordshire.
“It’s been interesting walking around Chipping Norton and the streets where I used to canvas and it’s been nice to reconnect with those communities.
“The public response to coronavirus has been truly magnificent and people are protecting the NHS and saving lives, as the motto goes.”
The former PM also said the Government was doing “a very good job in difficult circumstances” and added: “I’m willing them on.”