More than 500,000 three day emergency food parcels have been distributed to people in crisis in the first half of 2016/17 – over 188,500 to children.
Food Banks, ‘Ethical’ Lords and Lady Bountiful Rush to Help.
Get Rid of System that Creates Food Bank Demand.
I might be alone in this – though this is doubtful – but isn’t this distasteful?
A Tyneside company is aiming to turn Black Friday into Give Back Friday with a donation to a food bank on orders received during the discounting period.
The Gateshead firm is hoping to repeat the success of a similar offer it ran last year, when it donated a total of 1,576 grocery items worth more than £1,500 to the busy food bank.
Peter Leatherland, of EthicalSuperstore.com, said: “Black Friday has become synonymous with crowds of people clamouring to get discounted technology products at well-known high street stores and supermarkets, but we want to do something a little different.
“Our feel-good Friday provides customers with 20% off products as well as giving something back to the community through donations, helping those families who truly need it.
“We want to raise awareness of food banks, hopefully encouraging our customers to think about others and perhaps donate to their own local food banks and good causes whilst hunting for bargains during Black Friday.”
More in the Chronicle.
Nobody doubts the scale of the problem:
Between April and September 2016, Trussell Trust foodbanks across the UK distributed 519,342 three day emergency food supplies to people in crisis compared to 506,369 during the same period last year. 188,584 of these went to children.
Trussell Trust CEO, David McAuley says: “As the number of emergency food parcels provided to people by foodbanks rises once again, it’s clear that more can be done to get people back on their feet faster.”
But why does it exist?
Benefit sanctions forcing people to use food banks, study confirms
This was Damian – ‘Gig economy’ – Green’s response (FT November the 16th),
Under the existing system, hardship payments are available to cover day-to-day living costs but for many jobseekers they cannot be claimed until 14 days after a sanction has been applied.
Only certain categories of people can claim those payments, for example if they have children or a long-term health condition. Mr Green’s initiative will add homeless people and those with a mental health condition — an estimated 10,000 — to those who can claim straight away.
“We need sanctions, and I don’t agree with those who would abolish them,” he said. “But I am always keen to improve the system.”
If you want to reduce the demand for Food Banks start by getting Labour to make getting rid of sanctions a priority.
Abolish the Sanctions System!