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Sainsbury’s Begs for Food for Benefit Claimants.

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This Weekend Sainsbury’s has run a Million Meals Appeal.

FareShare says,

On Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 of October the “Million Meal Appeal” is coming to a Sainsbury’s store near you and we need your help. Last year, we collected food for 1.2 million meals for disadvantaged people, so this year we have a big target to beat and we can’t do it without you.We’re looking for enthusiastic volunteers to greet customers and encourage them to buy an additional item of food for FareShare, which we’ll distribute to hostels, day centres, kids’ breakfast clubs and local projects.So if you’re passionate about helping local people and you want to be part of the UK’s biggest ever food drive, we’d love to hear from you.

The first part of this appeal is a good idea,

We’ve been working with FareShare for 18 years. We donate surplus food, which is safe and nutritious, but is either past its display until date or the packaging is damaged. In November 2011, we launched the Million Meal Appeal. With your help and our pledge to match donations, we donated 1.2 million meals in one day! Our second Million Meal Appeal was on 6-7 October 2012, so check back here to see if we beat 2011’s figure.

The second, announced over the Tannoy, was an invitation for customers and to donate one, putting it in a large box at the front of the supermarket.

So Sainsbury’s gets you to spend, and then “matches” this? How? By giving  another of the same item. As it says on their leaflet, “we’ll match the meals donated by our customers”.

The poor people on benefits must be grateful for the charity of the enormously wealthy Sainsbury’s.

For the company “we’re doing our bit”.

Many will think that it is a sorry state of affairs when anybody is dependent on the good will of firms on Charity.

That we should have a right to a decent income that pays for basics like food.

David Cameron at the coming Tory Conference will no doubt praise this kind of initiative.

Charity is replacing benefits given as a right.

Although some people involved, that is in Fare Share, have good intentions, there are always busy-bodies who’ll judge who is worthy of alms, and those not.

There’s even a certain kind of ‘Charity’ work known nowadays as “Jimmie Savilling”.

The government should be hanging its head in shame at the sight of the Million Meal Appeal.


Written by Andrew Coates

October 7, 2012 at 9:39 am

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  1. It’s a. dam cheek to get staff in there stores to beg customers for food why don’t sainsburys make a real diffrence a donate a days takings not beg the public to make them look gd and what help is if for good hearted sainsburys to save the most needed there out of date end of its life food what they trying to kill them off or make people ill so dont be fooled sainsburys helping its the public what they are doing is fooling you that they helping


    October 7, 2012 at 10:03 am

  2. That was my feeling Paul, especially as many of the people using the central Ipswich Sainsbury’s in Upper Brook Street are pretty poor themselves.

    Andrew Coates

    October 7, 2012 at 10:07 am

    • As usual from your stingy ultraleftist whinge bags – it’s always some one else’s duty to help for you lot,isn’t it? You’re just tight arsed and selfish like the very people you claim to oppose.
      Anyone who has than enough food has a duty to help provide for the hungry, whether they’re on minimum wage or filthy rich. Of course the dole should be more – perhaps if you could be bothered to vote it might be. Meanwhile it ain’t Sainsbury’s fault that it’s not enough to manage on, and good for them for doing something to help.

      Johnny Michael Munford

      October 8, 2012 at 10:33 am

      • I vote, and I campaign.

        I spent Saturday morning helping with a stall, in Tavern Street, for the TUC October 20th Demonstration.

        It’s worth noting (see Boycott Workfare’s site) that some people are going to do something on that day about workfare.

        Andrew Coates

        October 8, 2012 at 10:49 am

      • Typical right wing tosspot, making all manner of unwarranted assumptions about anyone on benefits – they don’t vote, don’t want to work and are motivated only by selfishness. Wrong on all counts.


        October 8, 2012 at 11:13 am

      • He is wrong on all issues as a lot of us that are unemployed have only come unemployed since these lot come imo to power we are unemployed due to dwp giving out free labour and we also unemployed due to government cuts let’s have it right STOP EMPLOYERS GETTING FREE LABOUR THEN THERE BE PAID LABOUR FOR US UNEMPLOYED AND THEN WE WON’T REQUIRE FOOD HAND OUTS


        October 8, 2012 at 11:21 am

  3. Don’t be fooled people what they looking for is if they bring in that we get paid by card instead of cash the poor they want to be up there saying we are the poor people what with your out date end shelf life food we the poor can’t afford to shop at sainsburys and we do not want your out date rotten crap to make us very ill or even kill us iI SAY GET STUFFED SAINSBURYS


    October 7, 2012 at 10:16 am

    • Too right Paul, they want to KILL THE POOR OFF. Wake up, Mr Coates, THEY WANT YOU DEAD, and to do that they are going to deprive you off resources, the basics you need to stay ALIVE like food, shelter and warmth, they want you going up in a puff of smoke at Ipswich Crematorium! “RIP Andrew Coates, A Good Socialist Fighter who ran Blogs, Killed by Food Poisoning, Damn the ConDemns”

      Salm Monella

      October 7, 2012 at 2:47 pm

      • What everybody has got to do is get all there family and friends to boycot sainsburys they only about profits and of course want shoppers to donate the more shoppers buy to donate that means bigger profits for sainsburys I see right through you Justin king you only after getting bigger bonus and off the poor u sum bag


        October 7, 2012 at 2:59 pm

      • It’s a scam, they just put the “donated” goods back on the shelves (the workfare slaves will do that) and maybe hand over a token amount (purely for “accounting purposes”) of say 1 pence or maybe enough to buy a can of beans to some so called “charity”. Do people really think that a van comes round at the end of the day and collects a load of Value Baked Beans?! Do the poor people (and it will be poor people who are donating) not realise they are being scammed left,right and centre. All they are doing is adding to the already vast profits of supermarkets.

        Salm Monella

        October 7, 2012 at 3:31 pm

      • “Andrew Coates
        Died April 2013
        Damn Universal Credit”

        Salm Monella

        October 7, 2012 at 3:32 pm

  4. Getting the poor to beg from the poor while big business profits….

    Ghost Whistler

    October 7, 2012 at 12:51 pm

  5. Food parcels are full of stodgy shite, where is all the fresh fruit and veg? All a food parcel is going to do is fill a whole in your belly, but you will be malnourished in short order, ill then DEAD!!

    Salm Monella

    October 7, 2012 at 2:37 pm

  6. And another thing, all those “donations” in the “big box at the front of the supermarket” just get put back on the shelf, it is not as if it even goes anywhere. Why not not just just people money to buy decent food in the first place. This food parcel nonsense is a load of shite!

    Salm Monella

    October 7, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    • If a certain supermarket paid their staff a living wage, they would not have to go to food banks.


      October 7, 2012 at 3:23 pm

      • Stan its not about staff and low wages its about the poor and unemployed being given sainsburys end shelf life crap ok mate


        October 7, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    • The stuff I saw in Ipswich (there was very little) included Sainsbury’s Basics goods, and cereals.

      There was none of the real diet of the poor – barons of roast beef, Thai pre-cooked dishes, tins of special brew, white cider, lumpfish caviar, Be Good to Yourself pain de campagne, and Nutella.

      Andrew Coates

      October 8, 2012 at 9:03 am

      • Where was all the items that people donated out there shopping I tell u as my friend worked for them it went back on the selfs to be sold again sainsburys have people belive they helping / would you give your dog end date broken sill popped lid food to make your pet ill you would’nt and sainsburys want people to use there store to donate as the more people buy in there store the bigger there profits same as staff loyalty cards that give 10% off/ less u spend in there store they giving you jack and even with 10% off most time its cheaper else where don’t be fooled people sainsburys are only helping them greedy selfs. U ask Justin king as its his big idea to try and say to government we are peoples champion give us contract to feed all the needy SHAME ON YOU SAINSBURYS


        October 8, 2012 at 9:20 am

      • Many moons ago when I worked with the Co-op we had a similar scheme with the PDSA, only it was pet food. Paul is correct, at the end of the day the tins just went back on the shelf and the Co-op was supposed to make some sort of “donation”, or so we were told. Just another scam!

        Ex-shop worker

        October 8, 2012 at 10:52 am

  7. They feed 1.2m people for one day then? er, what do those people eat for the rest of the 364 days of the year?


    October 7, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    • It is all meaningless numbers, Lucy, One of the oldest propaganda/advertising techniques. Just quote a large number and consumers will be impressed: “Wow, its got 1.2 million megapixels”, must be good. Wow. they fed 1.2 million people, must be good.

      Salm Monella

      October 7, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    • “what do those people eat for the rest of the 364 days of the year?” they don’t eat – the STARVE!!

      Salm Monella

      October 7, 2012 at 3:47 pm

  8. “packaging is damaged” – = the air-tight seal has been broken, the lid has “popped”.

    Salm Monella

    October 7, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    • “packaging is damaged” – the can has been damaged and the contents have been exposed to the air

      Salm Monella

      October 7, 2012 at 3:43 pm

      • Next they will be wanting to feed the poor out of the rich peoples dustbins its a disgrace to treat. the poor this way you would bot give a dog shite food then why should we be given it to make us ill or even kill us u sum bag mr king


        October 7, 2012 at 3:54 pm

      • Next they will be wanting to feed the poor out of the rich peoples dustbins its a disgrace to treat. the poor this way you would not give a dog shite food then why should we be given it to make us ill or even kill us u sum bag mr king


        October 7, 2012 at 3:56 pm

  9. “packaging is damaged” it’s not an ifone we are buying*, it is food for human consumption we are talking about

    * even then an appleitite would take the fone with the damamged packing back,

    Salm Monella

    October 7, 2012 at 3:46 pm

  10. I’m considering helping “the poor” by visiting Sainsburys and ripping the un necessary cardboard sleeves that go round the sealed plastic packs. That way Sainsburys can give away food in damaged packaging that is still sealed, within its sell by date and safe to eat.


    October 7, 2012 at 8:04 pm

  11. i worked there as a high risk cleaner and all the left over food in the bakery was put in the skip, bread cakes and all the rest ect also we used to get the left overs from the caf if the sell buy date was up that day staff eat it or it was binned anyway on all of it.

    super ted

    October 7, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    • Yeah, and they put them in really thing bags that split open when you try and fetch them out the skip, cover the food with dye, and lock the skip. What a waste of food! These supermarkets should be ashamed!


      October 8, 2012 at 8:31 am

  12. Contrived altuism and fake brotherly love from big business that’s intended to invoke “good-on-yer-gov’nor” gratitude from the most disadavantaged people in society. It’s nothing more than a marketing ploy that ends up as a win win for Sainsburys (or Saintsburys as they probably like to think of themselves).

    For the supermarket chain the value of these donated goods are written off as charitible donations, all tax deductible, of course. Meanwhile the customers pay for the items they wish to donate, therby providing the supermarket with added revenue and profits. And as the notional sales for these goods double their cost prices decrease even more due to economies of scale and, wahey, Mr Saintsbury makes even more dosh.

    Exactly the same kind of scamola of workfare : give the impression of helping disadavataged folks while keeping shtum about your real intentions of making money from other peoples’ misfortune and misery.

    There’s never an Arkwrights around when you need one.


    October 8, 2012 at 11:26 am

  13. at the 1 my mum still works at she said she had thrown away 93 bags of bread since last Thursday and they fill 1 skip a day with food that goes to the dump.

    so why they are asking for food donations when they got skips full of it with nothing wrong with it is a joke.

    super ted

    October 8, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    • You get arrested if you get got near the skips round here, one of the supermarkets have build a 100m razor wire fence topped with CCTV to protect the skip. Why the sheer determination this (perfectly edible) food has to be destroyed. Too right super ted, it is just a joke – and the joke is on the public, the mugs handing over “donations”.

      Freegan of the Land

      October 8, 2012 at 3:00 pm



        October 8, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    • And you’d all get a shock if you knew the sheer amount of food that the supermarkets throw out, utter shocking!!

      Freegan of the Land

      October 8, 2012 at 3:03 pm



        October 8, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    • It is bloody heart-breaking when are starving and you have friends and family who are starving and you see the waste disposal lorry carrying all that good food of. What a country we live in!!

      Freegan of the Land

      October 8, 2012 at 3:07 pm

  14. disgraceful,as well as the trussell trust boasting of its work in both uk and bulgaria,there’s this also.


    perhaps supermakets are trying to reduce theft when benefits are stopped.people this day and age should not have to rely on this.


    October 9, 2012 at 12:40 am

    • The supermarkets are scared, local Tesco no longer has security on the door, too many people were just walking past with the goods 🙂 and pushing the “guards” out of the way, if need be. And in the “Metros” the “guards” just look away when you are filling your boots 🙂 Too scared to get “involved”. Why risk life and limb for £71 a week?! 🙂

      Shoplifters of the World

      October 9, 2012 at 8:33 am

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