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Well , a least one campaign has exceeded it's target .... of sorts :

Milton Keynes :

http://www.mkfm.com/news/local-news/mkf ... collected/

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An MKFM campaign to collect 50,000 tins of food for the MK Food Bank over 90 days has significantly overachieved its goal, with 64,112 tins collected by the radio station for the local community.

The tins collected over the three month campaign will be used in part to help feed local children who will be without Free School Meals over the Summer period.

MKFM's Darren and Lia launched the campaign in response to news that there are now 2,000 Food Banks operated around the UK, with 12 of those being in Milton Keynes.

Data from the Trussell Trust, Britain’s biggest food bank network, has said it has given out a record 1.2m food parcels to families and individuals in need in 2016-17, the ninth successive year in which demand had risen.


If nothing else , I hope all local campaigns which are food bank related achieve their goals ?

What's next ?

Housing ?

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Barrow-in-Furness this time .... nuclear submarines their speciality if precious little else :

http://www.nwemail.co.uk/Foodbank-shopp ... d1fedfe-ds
URGENTLY needed items for the foodbank include; UHT fruit juice, tinned fruit, jam, sponge puddings, tea bags and coffee.

Other items needed by the foodbank include; breakfast cereals, soup, pasta, rice, pasta sauce, tomatoes, tinned meat, tinned fish, tinned vegetables, tinned potatoes/instant mash, rice pudding, sugar, biscuits, UHT milk - full cream or semi skimmed, and snacks

Barrow Foodbank is based at Abbey Road Baptist Church, on the corner of Abbey Road and Park Drive, Barrow


I trust that somewhere in the UK , some carers elected to donate whatever to their local food banks during " Carers " week ????????

After all , at least 100,000 of our fellow carers had to make use of them over the past 12 months ....
Also pet food needed
I once got a tin of haggis from a foodbank...cats loved it lol:)))
Even the Prime Minster has a " Problem " on her own door stop :

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/t ... y-10802192

Theresa May's shame as foodbank in her own constituency begs for urgent supplies


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As predicted earlier , food banks are amongst the fastest growing outlets in the UK.

Collection points increasing inside the major supermarket chains , replacing the usual charity donation boxes wherein a fair portion of monetary donations " Disappear " in admin expenses and salaries before reaching the beneficiaries.

It would not surprise me to see funerals being offered in the future .....
Very interesting article from The Week which looks into the causes of people using foodbanks :

http://www.theweek.co.uk/86229/what-rea ... food-banks

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For all readers following this " Unfortunate " thread , the whole article is worth a few minutes of anyone's time.

It doesn't need a degree in the Bleeding Obvious to suggest that some co-ordination is needed to bring together all supporting organisations under one roof for the benefit of the millions needing their assistance.

Far too many of our supporting organisations are , at least , a decade beyond their sell by date ... times have changed and so must they !!!

A " One Stop Centre " .... at grass roots level.
Yet another local food bank running short of supplies :

http://www.westerntelegraph.co.uk/news/ ... _run_bare/
FOR THE first time in its nine-year history, the shelves of a local food bank are almost bare.

After a busy shift at its Haverfordwest base, Pembrokeshire Action To Combat Hardship (PATCH) co-ordinator Tracy Olin realised they had been left with just a few tins to hand out to families in need.

"I've never known it like this before," said Tracy.

"We're always a bit lean before harvest festival time, but this is mad.

"We have been so busy"

PATCH relies on donations to provide food and basic essentials such as clothing, small household items, crockery, bedding and hygiene products to hundreds of referred clients every month.

"There are people here in Pembrokeshire who haven’t eaten for days as they wait for their benefits to arrive," she said.

“We have had a family referred to us who haven’t had much of an income for weeks.

"They were told during a telephone conversation they would have to wait again for weeks before they receive their money.

"They client asked ‘what do we do until then?' and was told to go to the local food bank.

"But what if there wasn’t a local food bank?

"Or what if we were unable to give two weeks' food to save them petrol in visiting us?

"Benefits should be the safety net, not food banks."

PATCH usually gives five-day food parcels consisting of breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and drinks.

They also take donations of kettles, toasters, duvets, pillows and other essentials to clients in desperate need.

"Because we are independent we rely on donations and it is only the generosity of Pembrokeshire people that have kept us going for over nine years," she said.

"We are proud to be independent and proud to be local covering the whole of Pembrokeshire.”

If you can help in any way, visit patchcharity.org.uk


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Lancashire gears up for a potential spike in demand over the summer holidays ( For some ! ) :

http://www.lep.co.uk/news/summer-bites- ... -1-8654951

A food bank isn’t just for Christmas, it’s for school holidays as well.

And as pupils break up for the summer on Friday, charities are bracing themselves for a surge in demand from hard-up parents struggling to put meals on the table.

Children who enjoy a free school lunch during term time face going hungry over the holidays as families find they are unable to bridge the food gap.

One food bank in Chorley is gearing up to provide more than 2,000 packed lunches for youngsters to meet the extra demand.

Staff at Preston’s Salvation Army food bank are expecting to hand out more parcels than normal over the next five to six weeks - busier even than Christmas.

And the Trussell Trust, which runs more than 400 food banks throughout the UK, says the situation is so grave that at least one in five parents will skip meals during the holidays so they have enough food to feed their children.


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Don't forget folks , this is 2017 , not 1817 .... in one of the so called richest countries of the world.

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Newcastle food bank to reopen after vandalism

http://www.itv.com/news/tyne-tees/2017- ... vandalism/
The foodbank, which opened in March 2013, has grown to be the largest foodbank in the UK, feeding more than 40,000 people in last year
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Report on the BBC site this morning :

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-40704186

Food banks warn of school holiday hunger


Samantha Stapley, operations manager for England at The Trussell trust, said: "Over a third of all the food distributed by food banks in our network consistently goes to children, but these new figures show five- to 11-year-olds are more likely than other children to receive a food bank's help.

"This highlights just how close to crisis many families are living - as a nation, we also must address the reasons why families with children are referred to food banks in the first place.

"We welcome the government's decision to maintain free school lunches for children during term time - the next step must be to help families during the holidays.

"Food banks are doing more than ever before, but voluntary organisations alone cannot stop primary school children facing hunger."


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Further report from today's Guardian :

https://www.theguardian.com/society/201 ... ary-school

Half of children needing summer food bank support are in primary school


Imran Hussain, director of policy, rights and advocacy at Child Poverty Action Group, described the data as incredibly worrying but not surprising. “Children are twice as likely to be poor than pensioners,” he said. “The poverty rate for children is 30% and for pensioners it’s 16%. The trajectory for child poverty is that it will hit 5 million by 2022.”

Hussain added that wage stagnation and cuts to benefits were behind the stark figures. “We need to make sure a basic level of benefits is there to meet the needs of children – that is a chronic issue that needs tackling,” he said.

“We know summer is tough for families, particularly those with young children, and it can be difficult to get time off or afford childcare to pay for it ... you hear anecdotally that some parents leave jobs every summer to look after their kids.”
Gloucestershire this time , another food bank running low due to demand :

http://www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk/ne ... ore-250042

Forest Foodbanks struggling with demand as more than 600 children rely on their aid


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A video is also available through the Report link.

To round off this morning , some poignant words from a report in the Guardian :

Three-quarters of teachers report seeing children come to school unfed, and one in four have brought in food themselves for pupils. Yet a government manifesto pledge to give free breakfasts to all primary school children has been cancelled. The long-term educational prospects of children are being damaged through callousness and deep cuts to a welfare system that is designed to support those in need.

History will not be kind to either David Cameron or Theresa May when the social aspects of this era are scrutinised. Engineering asystem that adopts studied indifference to the suffering of millions of children, purely to maintain an ideological toughness on welfare is cruel, and shows not just a lack of empathy but a lack of basic humanity. No one should go hungry in one of the richest economies in the world, but the fact that as a country we cannot feed our children should spark a national outcry.
It is like going back to the 1920s and 1930s

My grandfather was a Dock Clerk on the Liverpool docks, and barefoot children would wait at the dock gates as the dockers finished work.

They would ask them whether they had any of their packed lunch remaining to give to the children
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