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Food Banks: Ipswich.

A food bank charity says it has handed out 913,000 food parcels in the last year, up from 347,000 the year before.

The Trussell Trust said a third were given to repeat visitors but that there was a “shocking” 51% rise in clients to established food banks. It said benefit payment delays were the main cause.

In a letter to ministers, more than 500 clergy say the increase is “terrible”.

The government said there was no evidence of a link between welfare reforms and the use of food banks.

However, the Trussell Trust, the largest food bank provider in the UK, said benefits payments had been a particular problem since welfare changes were introduced just over a year ago.

Some 83% of food banks reported that benefits sanctions – when payments are temporarily stopped – had resulted in more people being referred for emergency food.

The second biggest reason, given by 20% of food bank users, was low income.

“In the last year, we’ve seen things get worse, rather than better, for many people on low incomes,” said Chris Mould, chairman of the Trussell Trust.

This is the Ipswich Foodbank.

Families in need

FIND is a Christian-based registered charity that was founded in 1990 to provide emergency assistance to families or individuals affected by poverty or dispossession. FIND befriends without judging and gives support to those in need. The charity started over 20 years ago by Maureen Reynel MBE has grown to be an essential support mechanism in the local community.

Food Bank

Our food bank fund targets work to establish and distribute food to people in need. This is a key part of the work of FI…

Readers of Ipswich Unemployed Action may be interested to know what this group’s approach is to fighting the cuts which lie behind the rise in Food bank users.

Here it is:


FIND Quiz 2014 Flyerda





Written by Andrew Coates

April 19, 2014 at 10:15 am

Ipswich Charity Food Parcel Demand Swells: Ben Gummer MP Blames People who ‘Use’ System.


Ben Gummer with Friend: Makes Spiteful Comments about Unemployed.

The Ipswich  Evening Star carries this story today.

MORE than three times the number of emergency food parcels have been handed out so far this year compared to 2011, a charity has revealed.

The blame has been put on escalating food and heating prices which have taken their toll on families, with more having to rely on charity donations to get by.

Ipswich-based Families in Need (FIND) has given out 1,784 parcels so far this year which is in stark comparison to 542 in 2011 and just 378 the previous year.

Chair Maureen Reynel claims it is because of ever-rising living costs, people losing their jobs and money not stretching far enough.

She said: “Money just doesn’t go far enough with the terrific rise in the cost of food, heating and everything and the cut in benefits.”

FIND’s food parcels contain the basics including dried pasta, potatoes and tinned foods that can be used to make balanced meals and are designed to last families for a week.

Maureen Reed (MBE)  in a controversial figures in Ipswich.

She is an Evangelical Christian with strong opinions  who vets anybody receiving her charity.

As she says, “Find is based on faith, hope and love and without that I couldn’t do what I do, because it takes a lot of energy,” she said.

“I need lots of miracles, and they do happen.” BBC

One miracle that didn’t happen is a change in  the sour attitude of Ipswich Tory MP Benedict Gummer.

He thinks that the poverty of people on benefits is caused by administrative delays – and not, for  example, the low amount of money we get, or the suspensions that are rained down on claimants.

He has an obsession with ‘fraud’.

Well-off public school educated Gummer even that the cheek to make spiteful comments about those who know how to “use the system”.

We assume he would prefer everybody not to know how to use it.

Ipswich MP Ben Gummer said the fact there is a need for the parcels shows the benefits system still needs reform.

He said: “There are still real problems for those needing the safety net when they lose their job or when their circumstances change.

“There are too many forms to fill in and the administration simply takes far too long.

“We have cut the benefit bill by £10 million by tackling fraud, but we know there are people who have been on benefit for years who know how to use the system – while those who really need urgent help,  the kind of people that Beveridge was thinking of when he set it up are left struggling.”