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Food Banks, Co-op, Ipswich Christians and Ben Gummer MP.

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FIND (Families in Need) is now running Food Banks in Ipswich. 

The East of England Co-operative Society has launched collection points across a selection of its stores in the Ipswich area, to aid its support of local Ipswich charity FIND (Families in Need).
The charity, run by Maureen Reynel MBE and a group of volunteers, helps to support those in both Ipswich and the surrounding areas that fall into deprivation, and below sustainable standards of living. 
They provide food parcels containing long life foods, such as pasta and rice as well as fresh food, toiletries, cleaning equipment and baby food and nappies when required. 
You can find them, clearly marked “A Christian initiative” in all the local Co-op Shops.
Meanwhile Benedict Gummer Ipswich Tory MP is not shy of making political capital out of people’s misery. 

Ipswich MP Ben Gummer met with Maureen and her team to reiterate his support for the great work that is being carried out by FIND, supported by the East of England Co-operative Society. 

He said, “The work done by FIND is magnificent.  Many families are having an incredibly tough time at the moment: the cost of living is going up, but wages are being kept on hold or being cut.  As the fires of the Eurozone crisis continue to burn, we must do all we can to help the most needy at the level where we can really make a difference – in our own community.  
“That is why FIND is doing such a great job looking after those who suddenly find themselves in a situation where they cannot help themselves.  I congratulate the Co-op, a great local business, for supporting this great local charity.”
It’s a comment on our Welfare system that people are driven to ask for rice and pasta from religious charities.
As for Mr Gummer: perhaps instead of the ‘Euro crisis’ he might care to look at the ‘welfare Reform’ his government is carrying out that makes people rely on the good works of the Charitable.
FIND: “a Christian based registered charity that was founded in 1990 to provide emergency assistance to families or individuals affected by poverty or dispossession.”

Written by Andrew Coates

July 29, 2012 at 10:06 am

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  1. Hear hear.

    Ghost Whistler

    July 29, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    • The scheme raises a lot of issues. A major one is that FIND is in control, with a controversial Christian leadership. They demand absolute rights over deciding who gets the food and goods. This is putting welfare in the hands of those with a political and religious agenda of their own (they are involved in the ‘Alpha’ courses and the obvious Gummer links). Not to mention a ‘reputation’ in the local voluntary sector.

      Andrew Coates

      July 30, 2012 at 11:03 am


    Even more food parcels will be needed when the Government in desperation launches a newly named Community Action Programme now to be called “SUPPORT FOR THE VERY LONG TERM UNEMPLOYED”.

    The word “SUPPORT” is insulting;you don’t support people when you are intimidating and harassing them BY forcing them into unpaid work with the ever present threat of increasingly punitive sanctions.

    The expression “long term unemployed” is derogatory enough, but “The new label “…VERY Long Term Unemployed” is another step to creating a new underclass.

    Why don’t they just put striped uniforms with a black triangle on this new underclass signifying the ARBEITSSCHEU (WORKSHY) as the Nazis did in the concentration camps?

    See The Guardian report here:



    July 30, 2012 at 8:55 am

    • How is it possible for VERY long term unemployed people to be suddenly accomodated in mandatory, unpaid work within the newly named scheme “Support for The Very Long Term Unemployed” – especially when there are clearly not enough proper paid jobs for the several million more “ordinary” unemployed people desperately seeking work that obviously does not exist?

      And what about the millions of additional part-time workers who are seeking full-time work but can’t find it – because the jobs quite simply do not exist in sufficient quantity in the first place?


      July 30, 2012 at 9:56 am

  3. The Work Programme has been mired in sleaze from the beginning.

    Now here is more sleaze:




    July 30, 2012 at 10:11 am

  4. Reblogged this on Ipswich Food Banks.

    Universal Jobmatch

    January 1, 2015 at 5:27 pm

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