East Lancashire foodbanks thankful for festive donations

Chorley Citizen: East Lancashire foodbanks thankful for festive donations East Lancashire foodbanks thankful for festive donations

FOODBANKS have thanked locals for their ‘overwhelming’ generosity in the run up to Christmas.

Foodbanks across East Lancashire have been pushing for extra donations to meet heightened demand and say they have been inundated with generous donations.

Ros Duerden, of the Blackburn Foodbank, said donations had tripled last week.

She said: “It’s been absolutely phenomenal.

“We’ve taken over three tons of food over the last week.

“During the last four days, we have fed 353 people and I would say that over half of them are children.

“Because of all the generous donations, we have managed to include selection boxes and sweets and treats into our emergency food parcels so that families that are struggling can still experience some Christmas cheer.”

Caroline Collins, of the Raft Foundation foodbank in Rossendale, said: “People have been absolutely fabulous.

“Everyone has been mucking in and getting involved and we’ve had some really generous donations of things like toys and advent calendars which will help people enjoy Christmas.

“Christmas isn’t about how much you spend, it’s about people joining together and helping others and that’s what’s been going on.

“Today we will be delivering 500 parcels to people in need and I’d say that two thirds of them are children — we’ve had that many referrals from big families throughout December.

“Our volunteers have been amazing, working seven days a week wrapping presents and delivering food parcels.

“We just want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has donated food, gifts or their time.

“It’s really been something special.”

The meteoric rise of foodbanks in 2013 have been so prominent, they have become a sort of symbol of the past twelve months and have transformed the way the UK deals with poverty.

The Trussell Trust, which runs the Blackburn Foodbank in Brunswick Street, has opened more than 400 foodbanks in the UK this year alone and has fed more than half a million people since April — a third of whom are children.

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1:57pm Tue 24 Dec 13

3 for 10p says...

Please bear in mind when donating, most who go to foodbanks sell there handouts to purchase fags and booze. I know I've bought it off them.
Merry christmas
Please bear in mind when donating, most who go to foodbanks sell there handouts to purchase fags and booze. I know I've bought it off them. Merry christmas 3 for 10p

2:43pm Tue 24 Dec 13

Chris P Bacon says...

3 for 10p wrote:
Please bear in mind when donating, most who go to foodbanks sell there handouts to purchase fags and booze. I know I've bought it off them.
Merry christmas
Liar.
[quote][p][bold]3 for 10p[/bold] wrote: Please bear in mind when donating, most who go to foodbanks sell there handouts to purchase fags and booze. I know I've bought it off them. Merry christmas[/p][/quote]Liar. Chris P Bacon

6:22pm Tue 24 Dec 13

Michael@ClitheroeSince58 says...

3 for 10p wrote:
Please bear in mind when donating, most who go to foodbanks sell there handouts to purchase fags and booze. I know I've bought it off them.
Merry christmas
I always look forward to the Christmas Idiot to appear.
[quote][p][bold]3 for 10p[/bold] wrote: Please bear in mind when donating, most who go to foodbanks sell there handouts to purchase fags and booze. I know I've bought it off them. Merry christmas[/p][/quote]I always look forward to the Christmas Idiot to appear. Michael@ClitheroeSince58

11:25pm Wed 25 Dec 13

noddy57 says...

a wonderful gesture from the caring in society but so often it is wholly abused by the low life who have little moral fibre,
a wonderful gesture from the caring in society but so often it is wholly abused by the low life who have little moral fibre, noddy57

2:37pm Thu 26 Dec 13

Elegant1 says...

3 for 10p wrote:
Please bear in mind when donating, most who go to foodbanks sell there handouts to purchase fags and booze. I know I've bought it off them.
Merry christmas
In my book you are as bad as they are because you are contributing to the misery being experienced the poor if your statement is true? I have seen your comments in other posts about Food Banks. You seem to relish in making comments such as you have made here. Let's see the evidence?
[quote][p][bold]3 for 10p[/bold] wrote: Please bear in mind when donating, most who go to foodbanks sell there handouts to purchase fags and booze. I know I've bought it off them. Merry christmas[/p][/quote]In my book you are as bad as they are because you are contributing to the misery being experienced the poor if your statement is true? I have seen your comments in other posts about Food Banks. You seem to relish in making comments such as you have made here. Let's see the evidence? Elegant1

2:41pm Thu 26 Dec 13

Elegant1 says...

Chris P Bacon wrote:
3 for 10p wrote:
Please bear in mind when donating, most who go to foodbanks sell there handouts to purchase fags and booze. I know I've bought it off them.
Merry christmas
Liar.
Precisely my point! Let us see the evidence that is supposedly available? I very much doubt that we will. He is a liar!
[quote][p][bold]Chris P Bacon[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]3 for 10p[/bold] wrote: Please bear in mind when donating, most who go to foodbanks sell there handouts to purchase fags and booze. I know I've bought it off them. Merry christmas[/p][/quote]Liar.[/p][/quote]Precisely my point! Let us see the evidence that is supposedly available? I very much doubt that we will. He is a liar! Elegant1

7:05pm Thu 26 Dec 13

3 for 10p says...

Elegant1 wrote:
3 for 10p wrote:
Please bear in mind when donating, most who go to foodbanks sell there handouts to purchase fags and booze. I know I've bought it off them.
Merry christmas
In my book you are as bad as they are because you are contributing to the misery being experienced the poor if your statement is true? I have seen your comments in other posts about Food Banks. You seem to relish in making comments such as you have made here. Let's see the evidence?
What do you want names dates times???
You just hang around King Street Blackburn early afternoon on most days. Someone will usually approach you asking if you want to buy a food parcell. The going rate is normally 1/2 or 1/3 of its market value I've been lucky in the past and got them down to a 1/4, it all depends how desperate they are for there fags.
[quote][p][bold]Elegant1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]3 for 10p[/bold] wrote: Please bear in mind when donating, most who go to foodbanks sell there handouts to purchase fags and booze. I know I've bought it off them. Merry christmas[/p][/quote]In my book you are as bad as they are because you are contributing to the misery being experienced the poor if your statement is true? I have seen your comments in other posts about Food Banks. You seem to relish in making comments such as you have made here. Let's see the evidence?[/p][/quote]What do you want names dates times??? You just hang around King Street Blackburn early afternoon on most days. Someone will usually approach you asking if you want to buy a food parcell. The going rate is normally 1/2 or 1/3 of its market value I've been lucky in the past and got them down to a 1/4, it all depends how desperate they are for there fags. 3 for 10p

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