Food Banks the Scandal Grows.
The always excellent the Void reports,
A recently formed foodbank - jointly run by Hounslow Council - have rules stating they will not help people with ‘chaotic’ lifestyles or those who have had benefits sanctioned.
We wondered when this was going to happen, or perhaps, be made public.
Here in Ipswich we recently saw,
More than 1,700 cans of food have been donated to a food bank at an open air service in Ipswich town centre.
The Pentecost event was held on the Cornhill on Sunday and organised by the town’s Hope Church and other Christian organisations.
Ipswich Families in Need (Find) asked for donations of food as part of its Carry The Can campaign.
Steve Jay, Hope Church leader, said: “It’s celebrating the fact the church is involved in the community.”
Pentecost is a Christian festival which celebrates the Holy Spirit and is held 50 days after Easter.
FIND is a Christian based registered charity providing emergency assistance to families or individuals affected by poverty or dispossession in Ipswich and the surrounding area. In the community, we have adults who simply exist from one day to the next and who are desperate for help, including youngsters living on low incomes without life or budgeting skills trying to find ways to feed, clothe and house themselves.
Why the community needs this charity
We help those that are deprived of a minimum standard of living, be they single, families, lone parents, children, elderly, sick, disabled or homeless. We offer, free of charge, food, household items, furniture, nursery equipment and nappies, beds and bedding and, when available, cookers, washing machines and refrigerators. When appropriate this includes personal support too.
We learn (from the County Council) that “All recipients are referred by Statuary and non-statuary agencies. No Self-referrals.”
Now people helping run Food Banks are extremely well intentioned.
But what exactly are the criteria for “referral”?
Is Hounslow the only case where some people get excluded?