Plea for East Lancashire foodbank supplies for Christmas

Chorley Citizen: Gearing up at Blackburn Foodbank are, from left, Ros Duerden, Jen Briggs, Dara McCann and Owen Johnston Gearing up at Blackburn Foodbank are, from left, Ros Duerden, Jen Briggs, Dara McCann and Owen Johnston

WITH Christmas fast approaching, many of us are stocking our cupboards with festive treats — but food poverty in the region continues to be a problem and the Lancashire Telegraph is urging readers to back local foodbanks in time for the big day.

Our foodbank campaign was launched in June after an article uncovered the staggering amount of food poverty in the region.

Foodbanks traditionally experience their busiest periods during school holidays when many children and families suffer without the aid of their free school meal.

Genevieve Waite, of Community Solutions Foodbank in Burnley and Hyndburn, said: “We have seen a steady increase in users throughout the year but we have definitely seen a lot more referrals in the run-up to Christmas.

“We are expecting to be busiest right before Christmas when the schools break up and after the Christmas period and in January and February when families will be struggling for finances after the increased spend.

“We are putting a real emphasis on collecting donations like nappies and toiletries as well as food as that can be a big added expense.

“We are also encouraging people to donate sweets and treats so that we can spread a little Christmas cheer in our food parcels.”

A recent report by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation showed that more than 13 million people in the UK are living in poverty and more than half of them were in employment.

The shocking figures show that for the first time ever, more people in work are classed as living in poverty due to falling wages and the increased cost of living.

Earlier in the week, scientists and public health experts warned that food poverty was a “public health emergency” that could be linked to changes to benefits.

Ros Duerden, of the Blackburn Foodbank, which has fed over 6,000 people since it opened in November, said: “Christmas is a time of huge financial burden for families and we have definitely seen a steady increase in the number of working people we get referred to us.

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12:11pm Wed 11 Dec 13

shytalk says...

Before some mindless scumbag says they will donate a packet of fags or a bottle of vodka people should understand that this is an increasing problem that the politicians seem to think does not exist.
No one is immune these days to redundancy. You could be a manager of a multi national one day and living on the streets the next. Circumstances can change rapidly and you could easily be the casualty of some business owner deciding to buy his next yacht
Before some mindless scumbag says they will donate a packet of fags or a bottle of vodka people should understand that this is an increasing problem that the politicians seem to think does not exist. No one is immune these days to redundancy. You could be a manager of a multi national one day and living on the streets the next. Circumstances can change rapidly and you could easily be the casualty of some business owner deciding to buy his next yacht shytalk

2:26pm Wed 11 Dec 13

pluckyducky says...

I didn't mind donating to the food banks until I heard someone I know bragging about how his probation officer referred him to a food bank. This person has broken the law, drives a car, smokes and drinks alcohol.I feel for the people that are really struggling, but for the idiots that cant get their priorities right and thinks everybody owes them something I have no sympathy and because of that I will not donate anymore. These people that refuse to work and get everything for nothing and don't provide for their children are disgusting, why the hell do they get everything given to them on a plate?! People like myself that work hard and provide for my children struggle too, but I wouldn't use a food bank unless it was my last resort because I still have some pride...
I didn't mind donating to the food banks until I heard someone I know bragging about how his probation officer referred him to a food bank. This person has broken the law, drives a car, smokes and drinks alcohol.I feel for the people that are really struggling, but for the idiots that cant get their priorities right and thinks everybody owes them something I have no sympathy and because of that I will not donate anymore. These people that refuse to work and get everything for nothing and don't provide for their children are disgusting, why the hell do they get everything given to them on a plate?! People like myself that work hard and provide for my children struggle too, but I wouldn't use a food bank unless it was my last resort because I still have some pride... pluckyducky

2:29am Thu 12 Dec 13

Timefor says...

We are regularly told about the escalating use of and demand on foodbanks by people out of work and, increasingly, many in work. I hold a view that this is a shameful state of affairs which should not be necessary in our Country which is the 7th or 8th richest in the world. I also struggle to imagine how demeaning it must be for those forced to rely on these places just so as they can put food on their tables. Having said this, I am also aware of a number of people who seem to comment along the lines that foodbank users are feckless, lazy, whatever types who are somehow mis-using a system whilst they continue to live the high-life.

Whatever your perspective, following a great deal of pressure, MPs are to hold a debate next Wednesday, the 18th of December to decide whether or not an enquiry should be held to examine why it is that the use of foodbanks is growing so much and so fast and what needs to be done to correct whatever is causing this dreadful situation. Therefore, I would urge anyone with a view of whatever flavour or side to contact their MP, ask them to attend the debate and support the motion calling for the investigation.
We are regularly told about the escalating use of and demand on foodbanks by people out of work and, increasingly, many in work. I hold a view that this is a shameful state of affairs which should not be necessary in our Country which is the 7th or 8th richest in the world. I also struggle to imagine how demeaning it must be for those forced to rely on these places just so as they can put food on their tables. Having said this, I am also aware of a number of people who seem to comment along the lines that foodbank users are feckless, lazy, whatever types who are somehow mis-using a system whilst they continue to live the high-life. Whatever your perspective, following a great deal of pressure, MPs are to hold a debate next Wednesday, the 18th of December to decide whether or not an enquiry should be held to examine why it is that the use of foodbanks is growing so much and so fast and what needs to be done to correct whatever is causing this dreadful situation. Therefore, I would urge anyone with a view of whatever flavour or side to contact their MP, ask them to attend the debate and support the motion calling for the investigation. Timefor

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