Interview with Rhona Croker, volunteer at Waterloo foodbank
Waterloo foodbank is Christian compassion mixed with hardnosed bureaucracy.
With Thanksgiving less than a week away, foodbanks in America are urging locals to donate a tasty festive bird to their local centre. Turkeys, the traditional Thanksgiving feast, are being donated in their thousands to foodbanks across the US as a wholesome meal for families in need.
Local councils plan to strengthen food banks following this year’s controversial Welfare Reform Act, which, according to the Department for Work and Pensions, represents the biggest reform to welfare for 60 years.
Lambeth council made the national headlines in August after it proposed to provide funding for Brixtons food bank yet claimed it was “holding its nose” as it didn’t believe the scheme is a solution to the boroughs poverty. Elizabeth Mayton, head of Brixton food bank, is also worried that getting involved in formal crisis welfare provision could be “something that completely swamps food banks.”
Food prices in Britain have risen by 32% in five years, causing more and more people to turn to food banks as they choose whether to “heat or eat”. The Trussell trust had 1 food bank in 2004, 50 in 2009 and has 255 now, making the charity’s target of 500 by 2016 look decidedly cautious.
The distribution of food banks across the capital raises some interesting questions