Salvation Army sees more Wiltshire families in poverty

This Is Wiltshire: Margaret Boyd, second left, from the Salvation Army, with Sheldon School sixth formers Catherine Mattimoe, Emily Eason and Rob Moore Margaret Boyd, second left, from the Salvation Army, with Sheldon School sixth formers Catherine Mattimoe, Emily Eason and Rob Moore

Almost 30 people had to rely on Chippenham’s emergency food bank last month.

The food bank, run by the Salvation Army, provides three days of supplies to people in crisis who are referred by agencies such as social services, Citizens’ Advice Bureau, the probation service and children’s centres.

Rising food and fuel costs, combined with redundancies and changes to benefits, meant last month 28 people, including eight children, would have gone hungry without the food bank. In December, the food parcels helped feed 46 people including 22 children.

The previous December the food bank fed 32 people, including seven children.

The main reason given to qualify for the service was cuts or delays to benefits. It is a stopgap service and people are not allowed to use it more than three times.

The UK has had little need for food banks because of the welfare system but the recession is being blamed for the demand which has led to thousands being started up in recent years. Chippenham’s began in November 2010.

Jean Legg-Bagg, 61, of Monkton Park, made a donation at Foghamshire last Friday.

She said: “We have the impression that Chippenham is a wealthy place. We were talking at church about a Gazette article on child poverty and it made the need obvious. It’s good to be reminded that there are people in need.”

Volunteer Jenny Coates said: “We don’t get many pensioners using the service. I don’t know if this is because a lot of elderly people are connected with churches.

“I worry that there may be need but people don’t know about us, or can’t bring themselves to come and ask for help.

"We had a man who suddenly went down with diabetes and couldn’t work any more. Because he was self-employed, within a week the family was destitute.

“There were tears – no-one wants to do this.”

Sheldon School made a large donation after Year 12 student Catherine Mattimoe started a collection and another is expected in the next few weeks.

The Salvation Army receives most donations at harvest time, but at other times it can run short. It is asking particularly for long life milk, cereal and tins of meat. Kidney beans and tinned vegetables are not popular.

Donations can be made to the Salvation Army on Wednesdays from 9-11am and Fridays from 10-11.30am, or to Revelation in River Street.

The Salvation Army will be at Morrisons, Chippenham, on April 26, from 10am to 6pm, to encourage shoppers to contribute an item to the food bank.

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8:37pm Fri 15 Feb 13

Doc Peters says...

I am horrified that there are no comments on this article. When are we going to get together to rid ourselves of this foul and putrescent excuse of a "Government" in order to ensure that this kind of travesty no longer happens?
I am horrified that there are no comments on this article. When are we going to get together to rid ourselves of this foul and putrescent excuse of a "Government" in order to ensure that this kind of travesty no longer happens? Doc Peters

10:22am Sat 16 Feb 13

lordbuckethead says...

Agree - truly shocking - in what is supposed to be a pleasant little market town in the beautiful county of Wiltshire.

recently had a (work related) night out in Swindon - walk from train station to 'old town' via Fleming Way - on left there is a large car park which around 7pm becomes a mobile food bank - there were HUNDREDS of people there.

Coming to a town/street near you...
Agree - truly shocking - in what is supposed to be a pleasant little market town in the beautiful county of Wiltshire. recently had a (work related) night out in Swindon - walk from train station to 'old town' via Fleming Way - on left there is a large car park which around 7pm becomes a mobile food bank - there were HUNDREDS of people there. Coming to a town/street near you... lordbuckethead

7:42pm Sat 16 Feb 13

Doc Peters says...

It's not just here either. "Posh" Bath is strewn with rough sleepers every night. We really are a pathetic excuse for a society. Call ourselves the "First World" eh?
It's not just here either. "Posh" Bath is strewn with rough sleepers every night. We really are a pathetic excuse for a society. Call ourselves the "First World" eh? Doc Peters

10:09pm Sat 16 Feb 13

well oill beef hooked says...

Doc Peters wrote:
I am horrified that there are no comments on this article. When are we going to get together to rid ourselves of this foul and putrescent excuse of a "Government" in order to ensure that this kind of travesty no longer happens?
EXACTLEY.

This is a good cause but i do find it annoying when they say Kidney beans and tinned vegetables are not popular.Even these items would be better than nothing,
[quote][p][bold]Doc Peters[/bold] wrote: I am horrified that there are no comments on this article. When are we going to get together to rid ourselves of this foul and putrescent excuse of a "Government" in order to ensure that this kind of travesty no longer happens?[/p][/quote]EXACTLEY. This is a good cause but i do find it annoying when they say Kidney beans and tinned vegetables are not popular.Even these items would be better than nothing, well oill beef hooked

12:33pm Tue 19 Feb 13

Lady-J says...

Doc Peters wrote:
I am horrified that there are no comments on this article. When are we going to get together to rid ourselves of this foul and putrescent excuse of a "Government" in order to ensure that this kind of travesty no longer happens?
Sorry Doc Peters i don't think you can let the goverment take all the blame for this. Yes the systems in place are wrong meaning those whole actually really need help are not always receiveing it. But i also balme those who take advantage of the poor systems in place. You have only got to look in the Chippenham coffee shops on a week day to see them full of people on benefits yet can afford to use these shops and smoke. I work full time yet can not afford to smoke and drink in coffee shops on a regular basis.
I have always wonderered why the goverment don't issue food vouchers or pay bills direct to ensure benefits are used for what they are really ment for. This way you wouldn't have people claiming benefits to support their luxury life styles.
If a stop was put to people claiming unnessasarily then maybe there would funds for those who really need it.
A very big well done to the slavation army for there work and suporting those that are really in need.
[quote][p][bold]Doc Peters[/bold] wrote: I am horrified that there are no comments on this article. When are we going to get together to rid ourselves of this foul and putrescent excuse of a "Government" in order to ensure that this kind of travesty no longer happens?[/p][/quote]Sorry Doc Peters i don't think you can let the goverment take all the blame for this. Yes the systems in place are wrong meaning those whole actually really need help are not always receiveing it. But i also balme those who take advantage of the poor systems in place. You have only got to look in the Chippenham coffee shops on a week day to see them full of people on benefits yet can afford to use these shops and smoke. I work full time yet can not afford to smoke and drink in coffee shops on a regular basis. I have always wonderered why the goverment don't issue food vouchers or pay bills direct to ensure benefits are used for what they are really ment for. This way you wouldn't have people claiming benefits to support their luxury life styles. If a stop was put to people claiming unnessasarily then maybe there would funds for those who really need it. A very big well done to the slavation army for there work and suporting those that are really in need. Lady-J

2:42pm Tue 19 Feb 13

Old retired bloke says...

Doc Peters wrote:
I am horrified that there are no comments on this article. When are we going to get together to rid ourselves of this foul and putrescent excuse of a "Government" in order to ensure that this kind of travesty no longer happens?
So it would all be ok under a Labour government, eh? I think you're deluding yourself.
[quote][p][bold]Doc Peters[/bold] wrote: I am horrified that there are no comments on this article. When are we going to get together to rid ourselves of this foul and putrescent excuse of a "Government" in order to ensure that this kind of travesty no longer happens?[/p][/quote]So it would all be ok under a Labour government, eh? I think you're deluding yourself. Old retired bloke

7:22pm Tue 19 Feb 13

Harold Shand says...

Old retired bloke wrote:
Doc Peters wrote:
I am horrified that there are no comments on this article. When are we going to get together to rid ourselves of this foul and putrescent excuse of a "Government" in order to ensure that this kind of travesty no longer happens?
So it would all be ok under a Labour government, eh? I think you're deluding yourself.
At times Doc Peters does come across as a bit of an end of a bell.
[quote][p][bold]Old retired bloke[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Doc Peters[/bold] wrote: I am horrified that there are no comments on this article. When are we going to get together to rid ourselves of this foul and putrescent excuse of a "Government" in order to ensure that this kind of travesty no longer happens?[/p][/quote]So it would all be ok under a Labour government, eh? I think you're deluding yourself.[/p][/quote]At times Doc Peters does come across as a bit of an end of a bell. Harold Shand

12:59am Mon 25 Feb 13

mr s and s says...

mps get £170 a week just for food if you dont believe me look it up its a disgrace the government are treating the poor and needy and now we have the bedroom tax to deal with in april and dont forget about the poll tax which is on the way too so food banks are going to be needed more than ever , its a way to control the masses
mps get £170 a week just for food if you dont believe me look it up its a disgrace the government are treating the poor and needy and now we have the bedroom tax to deal with in april and dont forget about the poll tax which is on the way too so food banks are going to be needed more than ever , its a way to control the masses mr s and s

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