Widnes Foodbank provides 2,711 people with emergency food

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ALARMING figures released today reveal that 2,711 people received three days' emergency food from Widnes Foodbank in the past year.

Of those who were given rations, 1,138 were children.

A staggering 20 tonnes of food were donated by residents, schools, businesses and churches.

Nationally, more than 900,000 people received food from Trussell Trust Foodbanks in 2013-14, a rise of 163 per cent.

Of the foodbanks surveyed, 83 per cent reported that benefit sanctions caused people to seek emergency aid. More than 50 per cent of referrals were as a result of benefit delays or changes.

Trussell Trust chairman, Chris Mould, said: "It is shocking that we’re seeing rising numbers of people need to turn to foodbanks in 21st century Britain.

"But perhaps most worrying of all is that Trussell Trust Foodbank figures are just the tip of the iceberg of UK food poverty. They don't include those helped by other emergency food providers, those living in towns where there is no foodbank, people who are too ashamed to seek help or the large number of people who are only just coping by eating less and buying cheap food.

"That’s why urgent action needs to be taken to stop UK hunger."

As well as providing emergency food, Widnes Foodbank provides signposting to many families who are at breaking point, enabling them to seek additional support from local services.

Today, a letter co-signed by 36 Anglican Bishops and over 600 church leaders from all major denominations will call for urgent Government action to be taken on UK food poverty.

The letter, initiated by End Hunger Fast, will be delivered to the constituency offices of each of the three main party leaders by three church leaders who have been fasting for 40 days in solidarity with people facing hunger in the UK.

This will mark the biggest ever faith leader intervention on UK food poverty in modern times.

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5:23pm Wed 16 Apr 14

brumbrums says...

Its amazing just how many of these "starving people" have contract mobiles, smoke, drink, buy designer clothes & even own cars yet cant afford food. Yes there are genuine individuals who rely on food banks but there are many more who go because its free
Its amazing just how many of these "starving people" have contract mobiles, smoke, drink, buy designer clothes & even own cars yet cant afford food. Yes there are genuine individuals who rely on food banks but there are many more who go because its free brumbrums
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10:29pm Wed 16 Apr 14

dong ding says...

brumbrums wrote:
Its amazing just how many of these "starving people" have contract mobiles, smoke, drink, buy designer clothes & even own cars yet cant afford food. Yes there are genuine individuals who rely on food banks but there are many more who go because its free
they probably get a taxi there and back
[quote][p][bold]brumbrums[/bold] wrote: Its amazing just how many of these "starving people" have contract mobiles, smoke, drink, buy designer clothes & even own cars yet cant afford food. Yes there are genuine individuals who rely on food banks but there are many more who go because its free[/p][/quote]they probably get a taxi there and back dong ding
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1:57pm Thu 17 Apr 14

brumbrums says...

One of my neighbours did voluntary work for a local foodbank, however after several months he left as he was fed-up with having to keep his mouth shut when people who obviously weren’t in need were being given free food.
One of my neighbours did voluntary work for a local foodbank, however after several months he left as he was fed-up with having to keep his mouth shut when people who obviously weren’t in need were being given free food. brumbrums
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7:57am Fri 18 Apr 14

DWTyke says...

I just hope the posters above are never in need of a food bank. It's surprising how quickly you can fall on hard times these days. And by the way, you can't just turn up at a food bank because it's free. It's not like a free supermarket. You have to be assessed and referred by the council, a doctor or other health and social care professionals. Maybe a few people do abuse this but they are a tiny proportion. Please post some actual proof of just 'how many' of these people are misusing these essential services. It's amazing how many people have a friend, neighbour or a family member who is always on hand to help them prove a point. There a words and phrases to describe this phenomenon like 'hearsay' and 'Chinese whispers'. However, it's not evidence. My friend who volunteers at a food bank says the opposite to your 'neighbour'. She says it's heartbreaking to see just how many good people come into her food bank and can't hold their heads up because they feel thoroughly ashamed of themselves because people think they are scroungers. Personally, I think my friend is far better placed than either you or your 'neighbour' to make that judgement.
I just hope the posters above are never in need of a food bank. It's surprising how quickly you can fall on hard times these days. And by the way, you can't just turn up at a food bank because it's free. It's not like a free supermarket. You have to be assessed and referred by the council, a doctor or other health and social care professionals. Maybe a few people do abuse this but they are a tiny proportion. Please post some actual proof of just 'how many' of these people are misusing these essential services. It's amazing how many people have a friend, neighbour or a family member who is always on hand to help them prove a point. There a words and phrases to describe this phenomenon like 'hearsay' and 'Chinese whispers'. However, it's not evidence. My friend who volunteers at a food bank says the opposite to your 'neighbour'. She says it's heartbreaking to see just how many good people come into her food bank and can't hold their heads up because they feel thoroughly ashamed of themselves because people think they are scroungers. Personally, I think my friend is far better placed than either you or your 'neighbour' to make that judgement. DWTyke
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