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Huge rise in numbers of people using food banks

  Forum Editor 06:58 16 Apr 2014

This is an interesting story

An increase from 314,000 to 913,000 food parcels distributed in one year is massive.

  carver 08:11 16 Apr 2014

Sorry but I fail to see why you are surprised about this, it's been talked about for a few months.

Since these new benefit cuts have been in place families have been put in poverty, I mentioned in another posting how a neighbour of my son has had his benefit cut by £10 a week and he has had a further ( I think ) £15 cut because of a "spare" bedroom, he can't live.

This mess of a government live in a different world to most people and dare I say even some people on this forum have no idea what it's like to live from day to day not knowing how to pay for either food or bills never mind clothes.

And if anybody says he should get a job they are living in cloud cuckoo land.

  johndrew 09:57 16 Apr 2014

A question that no one appears to be able to answer is that given an individual needs to be on benefits to claim a "food parcel", how many of those claiming now are doing so because of the greater availability rather than prior to the availability being publicised. I have a suspicion the number of claimants is being inflated as a result of a proportion of those on benefits who managed perfectly well before now finding the "free handout" allows the use of some funds for other uses.

There are many pensioners getting lesser amounts who "make do" rather than than taking handouts of this type.

  spuds 10:08 16 Apr 2014

I mentioned this subject quite a few months ago, and the forum showed very little interest.

There is a very serious problem, and the government and indeed some circles of people seem to be in denial about this. In fact didn't we had one very high profile MP who was actually telling people how he could live on perhaps what would be classed as a below poverty borderline. Yet as far as I am aware, that person as made no attempt to prove what he stated!.

Even setting up food banks as its problems on the way they are administered, and how they are able to obtain supplies, and mainly who are the deserving cases in trying or obtaining food or even clothing aid.

Some people might even be hit with a double whammy, because in most cases the person seeking food aid as to be referred by social services or a benefit office. Its just not a case of turning up on the day the food bank is open, then expecting to be served, especially if you have not been referred, and no checks have been made and confirmed on how your actual circumstances are.

In a sense, even local school's are perhaps helping the needy out, by forming 'breakfast clubs', so that a child can start the day with something in their belly, before starting the daily school session. Even council's and churches are getting into the act, by opening the facilities in providing meals on certain days, at a subsidised rate. Not far from me, which I may add is an area mixed with very rich to very poor people, have a 'allotment club' where local people can keep active, and at the same time produce food so as to supply the above mentioned facilities, as a cause to help the community.

I suppose that we like the American are such a very rich nation, that we can spend massive amounts of money on supporting another country,and seemingly making a mess of it, yet at the same time, we are incapable of supporting our own, who are in dire need?.

Like Carver,I find that that the forum Editor is finding this story interesting at this moment in time, when its been around and growing for ages. And the 'common' or average person on the street are fully aware of the events taking place daily!.

A long sermon, but something that is very deep and sincere in my heart.

  spuds 10:15 16 Apr 2014


I have to agree that there are many pensioner's 'who make do', because in most cases that is how they were brought up.

Regarding what I mentioned in my above thread, with regards to council's and churches opening facilities. With all the goodwill in the world and the local advertising, it still takes people to do door knocking or listening to neighbours, because some of these deserving cases,especially the older folk, do not want to be a burden on society.

  Aitchbee 10:30 16 Apr 2014

Last week, I was surprised to see [for the first time] a big sign in the grounds of a nearby Church saying FOOD BANK ... usually it 'advertises' Summer Fete or Plants For Sale, etc.

And slightly off topic, it's no surprise that the Big Food outlets like Tesco and COOP have seen their profits fall while the likes of Aldi and Lidl are attracting more customers with much cheaper food prices ... and 30% profits to boot, due to the massive increase in their sales over the past few years.

  carver 11:02 16 Apr 2014

This is another by product enter link description here of the cuts.

On the radio this morning I heard that wages had increased by 1.7% and every thing sounded hunky dory and weren't we doing well, then a little foot note was added that actually this 1.7% included bonuses (wonder who got those) and the correct figure was 1.4%.

So even with those figures people are still worse off than they were 6 years ago apart from the top earners who are a lot better of.

"So, which is it? 913,000 parcels or 913,000 people? Because it can't be both"

Sorry but it may not be to your grammatically correct level but it reads as 913,000 parcels to 913,000 people I do not believe it reads as 913,000 different people.

  carver 12:36 16 Apr 2014

fm it says that a third received more than one food parcel but the overall figure is still 913,000 people.

"On that basis, you would say there are 4 billion working people because 20 million work for 200 days a year"

How do you arrive at that, if I were you I would try some basic maths because that argument is nonsensical.

You should have said that 20 million people work for 200 days a year, therefore in total 4 billion days were worked in that year, it's still only 20 million people.

You can read into it whatever you like but normal people folk would look at it and say "a third of those 913.000 went back more than once."

You can't give out more food parcels than the amount of people who collect them.

Unless you know different?

  bumpkin 15:40 16 Apr 2014

Looking from a different position, what would otherwise happen to the food given to food banks if they did not exist. Thrown away probably so the basic idea makes sense to me.

  bumpkin 16:29 16 Apr 2014

Woolwell, People actually buy food and donate to FoodBanks.

Good I can't see anything wrong in that as a basic idea as long as it does not become a political issue which it now seems to be.

  Forum Editor 09:23 17 Apr 2014

Bickering about the number of people getting food parcels may be interesting, but it isn't really the point. The point is that it's pretty obvious there has been a huge increase in the amount of food being handed out, and it doesn't take an Einstein to work out that it probably means there has been a big increase in the number of people getting it.

In just one Charity food project in Cheltenham 93 people received food parcels in February of this year, compared to 41 people in the same month last year. It seems reasonable to assume that other centres have also experienced increases in the numbers of people getting food.

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