Tom Knowles profiles New Cross foodbank, a local community project which feels more like a charity shop, than a handout.
Following the Trussell Trust’s announcement last week that there has been a 170% rise in the number of people using foodbanks between 2012-13, thefoodbankers look at the data surrounding foodbanks and food poverty in the UK.
Dame Tessa Jowell calls on David Cameron to visit a foodbank.
The Labour MP for Dulwich and West Norwood was flabbergasted at the Prime Minister’s reluctance, arguing in an interview with The foodbankers that it is an MP’s duty to support their constituents and to be aware of their day-to-day struggles.
Conservative councillor Chris Steward shocked the York Press in January when he said that foodbanks allow people who can’t budget to get away with their bad habits. His words, memorable as they may be, are far removed from the reality of the foodbank organisation and the clients who are forced to use them. One foodbanker gives her tale of visiting Hackney foodbank.
Hackney foodbank opened in September 2012 after a network of Churches in East London responded to the need for crisis relief. Since then, the project has been managed by Liza Cucco and has fed around 600 people. The foodbankers chatted to Liza about the project…
Conservative councillor Chris Steward claimed earlier this month that foodbanks “merely enable those who can’t budget” and allowed people to “spend more money on alcohol and cigarettes”. Steward told the York press “There is certainly no need for foodbanks; no-one in the UK is starving and I think they insult the one billion in the world that go to bed hungry every day.”
Waterloo foodbank is Christian compassion mixed with hardnosed bureaucracy.
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.