Tory dignitaries drank a selection of cakes and sarnies after cutting the ribbon on a new plaque.
Dartford Conservatives were guests of honor at the opening of a new facility for impoverished families in Kent.
The delegation was snubbed after an image emerged of the mayor and other senior guests smiling alongside volunteers at the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Now another image has shown the party enjoying a buffet after the opening event – in the same church building where desperate families will be lining up for alms.
Local Tory Council leader Jeremy Kite was among those thronging for the sandwiches and sweet treats.
Images of the event were hastily deleted from the mayor’s Facebook page after sparking backlash.
Nicholas Hair, a Labor Council candidate in Bexley, said: “Having worked with colleagues in Dartford and seeing the plight of up to two million people in this country at the moment, this has been disgusting to see.
“Food banks are not ‘heartwarming’, they are a testament to the failure of government and a society to strive for social justice.”
Describing the Tory councillors’ smiles as “callous”, he added: “Then seeing them eat at a buffet while some people are wondering when their children will next have a full meal is the ultimate insult.”
“I’m not surprised the Mayor and Council have tried to erase all evidence of this, but voters in this country should remember this behavior the next time they go to the polls.
“Any of us could find ourselves in these circumstances at any time and we must ensure that we never revisit that time.”
A food bank spokesman said the “light refreshments were donated to the food bank volunteers for all the hard work they have done for the food bank, especially during the pandemic”.
Councilor Jeremy Kite, the Tory leader of Dartford County Council, defended LBC’s behavior after it was criticized by host James O’Brien.
He insisted he was “trying to do the right thing,” and they laughed at a joke instead of smiling because opening a food bank is a happy occasion.
Mr Kite said: “We were invited to the opening yesterday – it’s not really a brand new plaque, it’s a new place where a lot of work has been put in by the volunteers and others.
“There was actually a little joke just before the tape was cut and photos will show a snapshot.”
He defended the Conservative government’s record, saying “food banks didn’t start with a political party…they started many years ago”.
Mr Kite said the tape had been proposed by event organizers and the images had been removed from Facebook because the comments had become too “political”.
More than 258,000 people in the South East depended on panels in the 12 months to March 2022, the highest of any English region outside London, according to the Trussell Trust.
The images came to light on the same day a Tory MP said there was no widespread need for food banks in the UK – to say that families going hungry are because they can’t cook or budget sensibly .
Boris Johnson’s government has been criticized for failing to include emergency measures to ease the cost of living crisis in the Queen’s speech yesterday.
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