More are forced to rely on Foodbank

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THIS year has been the busiest yet for Swindon Foodbank as numbers of families and individuals seeking parcels soared.

There was a 20 per cent increase in the numbers coming forward for food compared to last year, with many clients sharing concerns that other means of help would be closed over the Christmas period.

Foodbank project manager David Hartridge said: “It’s been very, very busy.

“The greatest concern from our clients has been that other avenues they might go through for help may be closed down over the Christmas period so they have been coming to us to make sure they have enough provision for the next week or so.”

But David has been impressed with the donations which have continued to pour in.

He said: “What has really struck me is how people have continued to donate, and not just with food that we receive throughout the year, but also festive goodies, such as chocolates and Christmas cakes and Christmas puddings.”

David is concerned that the demand will not let up through 2014 as a result of Government cut-backs and changes in benefits.

He said: “Lots of people are worried about their benefit payments, not because they have been stopped but because they don’t know when they are going to receive their money.”

“Swindon Foodbank has been running for seven or eight years but we have seen a lot more people coming to us in the past few years.

“Everyone who has come in has been very anxious and a bit embarrassed about seeking help because it’s a bit of an indictment that in the 21st century we still have a Foodbank.

“But between 120 and 150 people are coming in each week.

“A lot of these are families but there are also single men, single women and couples, all seeking help.”

Foodbanks around the country helped up to 60,000 people in the run up to Christmas, three times as many as last year.

Molly Hodson, a spokes-man for the Trussell Trust which runs the Foodbank Network, said: “This year looked particularly difficult for people across Swindon and the UK. “Lots of people are struggling with the rise costs and such and the loss of work and changes to benefits.

“Many families really, really struggled to put food on their tables at all.

“Foodbanks in Swindon and the UK worked very hard to meet the demand to try to make sure that nobody went hungry this Christmas.”

The Foodbank will re-open on Monday, December 30. For more information visit www.swindonfoodbank.co.uk or call 07932 108732.

 

Where to drop off donations

  • The Distribution Centre in St Aldhelm’s Centre from 2.30pm to 4.30pm on Thursdays and Fridays
  • Swindon Restore, St Johns Church Hall in Whitbourne Avenue, every day from 10am to 4pm
  • Hairworks, in Freshbrook Village Centre
  • Freshbrook Evangelical Church in Worsley Road on Mondays and Tuesdays from 9am to 12pm
  • Natwest Bank in Commercial Road
  • Two’s Company in High Street, Highworth

 

 

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11:20am Fri 27 Dec 13

Ringer says...

"More people seek out FREE FOOD now they're aware they can get FREE FOOD and thus retain more of their benefits handouts to spend on more booze and fags"

Who'd have ever guessed?
"More people seek out FREE FOOD now they're aware they can get FREE FOOD and thus retain more of their benefits handouts to spend on more booze and fags" Who'd have ever guessed? Ringer

3:03pm Fri 27 Dec 13

Davey Gravey says...

Ringer wrote:
"More people seek out FREE FOOD now they're aware they can get FREE FOOD and thus retain more of their benefits handouts to spend on more booze and fags"

Who'd have ever guessed?
How can anyone like such a disgraceful and inaccurate comment?
The normal sweeping statement from the above. Go and visit one of these centres and see for yourself. Speak to some of those who visit them. You will then realise Ringer is talking absolute drivel
[quote][p][bold]Ringer[/bold] wrote: "More people seek out FREE FOOD now they're aware they can get FREE FOOD and thus retain more of their benefits handouts to spend on more booze and fags" Who'd have ever guessed?[/p][/quote]How can anyone like such a disgraceful and inaccurate comment? The normal sweeping statement from the above. Go and visit one of these centres and see for yourself. Speak to some of those who visit them. You will then realise Ringer is talking absolute drivel Davey Gravey

4:19pm Fri 27 Dec 13

faatmaan says...

it would be worth stating people only get 3 visits to the food banks, the people are normally victims of circumstance ;- like the recent non payment of benefits or being laid off and waiting to be or receive benefits, yes there will be people who take advantage of others generosity, but how often do we find the well off looking giveaways !
it would be worth stating people only get 3 visits to the food banks, the people are normally victims of circumstance ;- like the recent non payment of benefits or being laid off and waiting to be or receive benefits, yes there will be people who take advantage of others generosity, but how often do we find the well off looking giveaways ! faatmaan

6:53pm Fri 27 Dec 13

knittynora says...

Ringer wrote:
"More people seek out FREE FOOD now they're aware they can get FREE FOOD and thus retain more of their benefits handouts to spend on more booze and fags"

Who'd have ever guessed?
Before anyone can get food from a food bank they have to be referred by a doctor, Jobcentre, advice point, Citizens Advice or similar. Despite what some of our more hysterical contributors have alleged in the past, its not as easy as just turning up and asking. As faatmaan says they can only have 3 visits.
What you call Benefit hand-outs are in no way princely and with the recent changes in the system many families, single people and couples are falling through the gaping holes in what used to be a safety net.
If Ringer really thinks its so great to go to the food bank why doesn't he/she go and see the reality instead of vilifying the desperate?
My late father used to talk with great bitterness about going nightly to the Salvation Army meal hall as a child for a cup of cocoa and a wad of bread and dripping for his one meal of the day. He wasn't bitter about the Army in fact they were the only religious group he would give money to, just about the privations of life in the 1920s.
Do you really want us to go back to that?
[quote][p][bold]Ringer[/bold] wrote: "More people seek out FREE FOOD now they're aware they can get FREE FOOD and thus retain more of their benefits handouts to spend on more booze and fags" Who'd have ever guessed?[/p][/quote]Before anyone can get food from a food bank they have to be referred by a doctor, Jobcentre, advice point, Citizens Advice or similar. Despite what some of our more hysterical contributors have alleged in the past, its not as easy as just turning up and asking. As faatmaan says they can only have 3 visits. What you call Benefit hand-outs are in no way princely and with the recent changes in the system many families, single people and couples are falling through the gaping holes in what used to be a safety net. If Ringer really thinks its so great to go to the food bank why doesn't he/she go and see the reality instead of vilifying the desperate? My late father used to talk with great bitterness about going nightly to the Salvation Army meal hall as a child for a cup of cocoa and a wad of bread and dripping for his one meal of the day. He wasn't bitter about the Army in fact they were the only religious group he would give money to, just about the privations of life in the 1920s. Do you really want us to go back to that? knittynora

2:32am Sat 28 Dec 13

SSmith3 says...

People who are criticising the people who go to the foodbank seem to be brainwashed by newspaper propaganda. I have a friend with mental health problems who was taken off benefits by the JC for not applying for jobs their doctor said were unsuitable for them to do.
People who are criticising the people who go to the foodbank seem to be brainwashed by newspaper propaganda. I have a friend with mental health problems who was taken off benefits by the JC for not applying for jobs their doctor said were unsuitable for them to do. SSmith3

8:03am Sat 28 Dec 13

Ringer says...

knittynora wrote:
Ringer wrote:
"More people seek out FREE FOOD now they're aware they can get FREE FOOD and thus retain more of their benefits handouts to spend on more booze and fags"

Who'd have ever guessed?
Before anyone can get food from a food bank they have to be referred by a doctor, Jobcentre, advice point, Citizens Advice or similar. Despite what some of our more hysterical contributors have alleged in the past, its not as easy as just turning up and asking. As faatmaan says they can only have 3 visits.
What you call Benefit hand-outs are in no way princely and with the recent changes in the system many families, single people and couples are falling through the gaping holes in what used to be a safety net.
If Ringer really thinks its so great to go to the food bank why doesn't he/she go and see the reality instead of vilifying the desperate?
My late father used to talk with great bitterness about going nightly to the Salvation Army meal hall as a child for a cup of cocoa and a wad of bread and dripping for his one meal of the day. He wasn't bitter about the Army in fact they were the only religious group he would give money to, just about the privations of life in the 1920s.
Do you really want us to go back to that?
Are you claiming, publically, that NOBODY who receives free food from Foodbanks either smokes or drinks alcohol?
[quote][p][bold]knittynora[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ringer[/bold] wrote: "More people seek out FREE FOOD now they're aware they can get FREE FOOD and thus retain more of their benefits handouts to spend on more booze and fags" Who'd have ever guessed?[/p][/quote]Before anyone can get food from a food bank they have to be referred by a doctor, Jobcentre, advice point, Citizens Advice or similar. Despite what some of our more hysterical contributors have alleged in the past, its not as easy as just turning up and asking. As faatmaan says they can only have 3 visits. What you call Benefit hand-outs are in no way princely and with the recent changes in the system many families, single people and couples are falling through the gaping holes in what used to be a safety net. If Ringer really thinks its so great to go to the food bank why doesn't he/she go and see the reality instead of vilifying the desperate? My late father used to talk with great bitterness about going nightly to the Salvation Army meal hall as a child for a cup of cocoa and a wad of bread and dripping for his one meal of the day. He wasn't bitter about the Army in fact they were the only religious group he would give money to, just about the privations of life in the 1920s. Do you really want us to go back to that?[/p][/quote]Are you claiming, publically, that NOBODY who receives free food from Foodbanks either smokes or drinks alcohol? Ringer

8:22am Sat 28 Dec 13

Ringer says...

As an interesting aside, 'poverty' in the UK is defined by the Child Poverty Action Group, who insist there are 3.5 million children living in poverty in Britain (more than one in four of all children), as being:


"families who ‘lack resources to obtain the type of diet, participate in the activities and have the living conditions and amenities which are customary, or at least widely encouraged and approved, in the societies to which they belong."


In other words, anyone who can't afford to do anything and everything that other people with more money can do.

Hardly surprising many people don't take this stuff seriously anymore. You can't be in 'poverty' AND sit there watching your 42" TV while lighting up another fag as you stumble over your empties to go and feed the cat, dog and fish.
As an interesting aside, 'poverty' in the UK is defined by the Child Poverty Action Group, who insist there are 3.5 million children living in poverty in Britain (more than one in four of all children), as being: [quote] "families who ‘lack resources to obtain the type of diet, participate in the activities and have the living conditions and amenities which are customary, or at least widely encouraged and approved, in the societies to which they belong." [/quote] In other words, anyone who can't afford to do anything and everything that other people with more money can do. Hardly surprising many people don't take this stuff seriously anymore. You can't be in 'poverty' AND sit there watching your 42" TV while lighting up another fag as you stumble over your empties to go and feed the cat, dog and fish. Ringer

8:56am Sat 28 Dec 13

Ringеr says...

And how come they ALL have expensive tattoos, even the newborn children?

Lets face it, they should be checking everyone for tattoos before giving them handouts - any tattoos and they can go hungry.
And how come they ALL have expensive tattoos, even the newborn children? Lets face it, they should be checking everyone for tattoos before giving them handouts - any tattoos and they can go hungry. Ringеr

3:29pm Sat 28 Dec 13

knittynora says...

Ringer wrote:
knittynora wrote:
Ringer wrote:
"More people seek out FREE FOOD now they're aware they can get FREE FOOD and thus retain more of their benefits handouts to spend on more booze and fags"

Who'd have ever guessed?
Before anyone can get food from a food bank they have to be referred by a doctor, Jobcentre, advice point, Citizens Advice or similar. Despite what some of our more hysterical contributors have alleged in the past, its not as easy as just turning up and asking. As faatmaan says they can only have 3 visits.
What you call Benefit hand-outs are in no way princely and with the recent changes in the system many families, single people and couples are falling through the gaping holes in what used to be a safety net.
If Ringer really thinks its so great to go to the food bank why doesn't he/she go and see the reality instead of vilifying the desperate?
My late father used to talk with great bitterness about going nightly to the Salvation Army meal hall as a child for a cup of cocoa and a wad of bread and dripping for his one meal of the day. He wasn't bitter about the Army in fact they were the only religious group he would give money to, just about the privations of life in the 1920s.
Do you really want us to go back to that?
Are you claiming, publically, that NOBODY who receives free food from Foodbanks either smokes or drinks alcohol?
Ringer says "Are you claiming, publically, that NOBODY who receives free food from Foodbanks either smokes or drinks alcohol?" Don't be silly.

Are you claiming publicly that all those who receive food from a foodbank
" sit there watching your 42" TV while lighting up another fag as you stumble over your empties to go and feed the cat, dog and fish." ?

Can you prove you assertion that " they ALL have expensive tattoos, even the newborn children"

Its silly and immature sterotyping.
A little less Daily Heil propaganda AND a little more real life might prove beneficial to you. As I said earlier why not investigate at first hand before launching yet another nasty attack on those less fortunate than yourself?
[quote][p][bold]Ringer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]knittynora[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ringer[/bold] wrote: "More people seek out FREE FOOD now they're aware they can get FREE FOOD and thus retain more of their benefits handouts to spend on more booze and fags" Who'd have ever guessed?[/p][/quote]Before anyone can get food from a food bank they have to be referred by a doctor, Jobcentre, advice point, Citizens Advice or similar. Despite what some of our more hysterical contributors have alleged in the past, its not as easy as just turning up and asking. As faatmaan says they can only have 3 visits. What you call Benefit hand-outs are in no way princely and with the recent changes in the system many families, single people and couples are falling through the gaping holes in what used to be a safety net. If Ringer really thinks its so great to go to the food bank why doesn't he/she go and see the reality instead of vilifying the desperate? My late father used to talk with great bitterness about going nightly to the Salvation Army meal hall as a child for a cup of cocoa and a wad of bread and dripping for his one meal of the day. He wasn't bitter about the Army in fact they were the only religious group he would give money to, just about the privations of life in the 1920s. Do you really want us to go back to that?[/p][/quote]Are you claiming, publically, that NOBODY who receives free food from Foodbanks either smokes or drinks alcohol?[/p][/quote]Ringer says "Are you claiming, publically, that NOBODY who receives free food from Foodbanks either smokes or drinks alcohol?" Don't be silly. Are you claiming publicly that all those who receive food from a foodbank " sit there watching your 42" TV while lighting up another fag as you stumble over your empties to go and feed the cat, dog and fish." ? Can you prove you assertion that " they ALL have expensive tattoos, even the newborn children" Its silly and immature sterotyping. A little less Daily Heil propaganda AND a little more real life might prove beneficial to you. As I said earlier why not investigate at first hand before launching yet another nasty attack on those less fortunate than yourself? knittynora

6:33am Sun 29 Dec 13

Ringer says...

@knittynora: a little less Daily Mirror and Guardianista propaganda AND and a little more real life might prove beneficial to you.

(See how pathetic your argument looks?)

As it happens, I've spent more than my fair share of time in and around various council estates and with those who exist on benefits - hence I know precisely what I'm talking about. It is NOT stereotyping, it's simply the reality of the situation for the VAST majority of those people.

I'll say the same thing I always say: show me a person who exists on benefits who doesn't:

1. Smoke daily
2. Drink alcohol on a weekly basis
3. Own at least one mobile phone
4. Sky, Virgin or other subscription-based TV service
5. One or more pets
6. Do illegal drugs of some sort on a monthly basis
7. Order 2 or more takeaways per week

and I'll show you somebody I might start to take seriously when they claim they're in 'poverty'.

Only yesterday there was some woman on Sky News who kept banging on about living in 'poverty' while they showed her polishing her huge widescreen TV and feeding her cat. What a farce.
@knittynora: a little less Daily Mirror and Guardianista propaganda AND and a little more real life might prove beneficial to you. (See how pathetic your argument looks?) As it happens, I've spent more than my fair share of time in and around various council estates and with those who exist on benefits - hence I know precisely what I'm talking about. It is NOT stereotyping, it's simply the reality of the situation for the VAST majority of those people. I'll say the same thing I always say: show me a person who exists on benefits who doesn't: 1. Smoke daily 2. Drink alcohol on a weekly basis 3. Own at least one mobile phone 4. Sky, Virgin or other subscription-based TV service 5. One or more pets 6. Do illegal drugs of some sort on a monthly basis 7. Order 2 or more takeaways per week and I'll show you somebody I might start to take seriously when they claim they're in 'poverty'. Only yesterday there was some woman on Sky News who kept banging on about living in 'poverty' while they showed her polishing her huge widescreen TV and feeding her cat. What a farce. Ringer

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