Foodbanks

Yes, I, Daniel Blake Is True To Life - But That's Not What We Should Be Debating

Sarah Chapman | Posted 10.11.2016 | UK Entertainment
Sarah Chapman

Late to the party, I finally watched I, Daniel Blake in my local independent cinema this weekend, overpriced, delicious, and soon to feel incongruous ...

Yes, Foodbank Use Is Complex - But We Can't Ignore The Evidence

Kayleigh Garthwaite | Posted 08.11.2016 | UK
Kayleigh Garthwaite

Yes, foodbank use is complex, but that doesn't mean the government should dismiss evidence linking sanctions and their use. We must listen to people using foodbanks so that can we understand who they are, why they use them, and what it feels like. Only then can we start to do something about it.

Social Supermarkets And Foodbanks - Tackling Hunger And Poverty Together

David McAuley | Posted 27.09.2016 | UK
David McAuley

We still have a long way to go to make sure the benefits system is as fair as it should be for people in poverty in the UK. By partnering with organisations like Community Shop, we hope to do more to break social isolation and help people with the dignity they deserve, to try and make sure they never need to use the foodbank again.

These Striking Junior Doctors Had A Brilliant Way To Help Foodbank Users Too

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 07.05.2016 | UK

Striking junior doctors have come up with a novel idea to advance their cause and help those living in food poverty - giving leftover donations they w...

Who Are the UK's 1.25million Destitute People?

Chris Mould | Posted 27.04.2016 | UK
Chris Mould

The Destitution Report is an important step towards understanding the severe impact of poverty in the UK, but we could do much more to identify the scale of the problem and to progress in tackling it.

Record Levels of Foodbank Use Are a National Scandal

Kerry McCarthy | Posted 15.04.2016 | UK Politics
Kerry McCarthy

Low pay and rising bills have pushed hundreds of thousands of people into relying on food banks, and the Bedroom Tax, sanctions and delays at the Department of Work and Pensions have made things worse... Food banks have become a truly shameful symbol of a Tory Government that is failing to stand up for ordinary people.

One Million Food Bank Parcels for Yet Another Year? Something Isn't Working in Our Society

Sarah Chapman | Posted 15.04.2016 | UK
Sarah Chapman

Today the Trussell Trust reveals its foodbank network provided more than one million three-day food supplies to people in crisis in the last year - even more than the previous year, and the year before that, and the year before that... It's so important because behind these statistics are individual people like you and me, who never dreamt they would one day need to be referred to their local foodbank. Only when we openly and honestly engage with the reasons one million food parcels were needed last year, can we possibly move nearer to finding solutions.

Foodbank Use Is Soaring But The People Using Them Aren't Who You'd Think

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 15.04.2016 | UK

A record number of Britons are now using foodbanks, new analysis has revealed, with many of their customers being skilled workers or disabled people u...

The Big-hearted People Making This Easter Happier for Children in Poverty

Molly Hodson | Posted 27.03.2016 | UK
Molly Hodson

Whilst the average child in the UK receives 8.8 Easter eggs, and one in five reportedly make themselves sick on chocolate over Easter, there are thousands of children in poverty across the UK who face having nothing at all. Thankfully, for the last few weeks, food banks across the UK have seen so many local heroes come forward to help children in poverty to have a happier Easter.

Asda Forced To U-Turn On Food Bank Collection Points

The Huffington Post UK | Steven Hopkins | Posted 26.02.2016 | UK

Asda has backtracked on a decision to remove food bank collection points from its stores following a fierce public backlash and claims the move could ...

Easy Foodstore? Food Poverty Is A Growing UK Crisis

Alex Jackson | Posted 19.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Alex Jackson

The health implications are huge - are we suggesting that those in food poverty also deserve aggravated health problems? The purported savings are not cheap at all once the associated health bills are added up.

Asda Under Pressure To Bring Back Food Bank Donation Points

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 19.02.2016 | UK

Asda executives are under pressure to reinstall food donation points relied on by charities and food banks after they were removed from stores across ...

Random Acts Of Kindness Are Helping Mums In Crisis

Molly Hodson | Posted 17.02.2016 | UK
Molly Hodson

Today is the official #RAKweek #RandomActsOfKindnessDay. We're so thankful that we see so many acts of kindness every day at foodbanks, and some of them are just so heart-warming that we thought they needed sharing...

Your Kindness This Christmas Has a Real Impact on Those Amongst Us Struggling the Most

Alex Howell | Posted 24.12.2015 | UK
Alex Howell

It's Christmas Eve, and this morning I delivered the last two of three hundred Christmas hampers. I don't work for Harrods, or M&S, or anyone else who might spring to mind when you think about hamper deliveries; I work for Salisbury Foodbank. And each one of these three hundred hampers will go to families and individuals who are struggling to put food on the table this Christmas...

The New Christmas Tradition That No-One Expected in 2015

David Walker | Posted 23.12.2015 | UK
David Walker

We can all be truly thankful that demand for foodbank parcels has, over the last year or so, begun to settle, though only after climbing to a figure of around a million three day parcels a year. It's an extraordinary high level compared with only a few years ago, and one that I would never have imagined we would reach. What seems bizarre though is that some commentators are suggesting this plateau in demand means that the problem of food poverty has gone away. It hasn't. It's too many, and there's no guarantee that it won't rise again soon.

When You Run a Foodbank, Our Food Poverty Crisis Becomes All More Real

Laura Hagues | Posted 18.11.2016 | UK
Laura Hagues

I like to be optimistic and would like to think that we won't have York Foodbank in another three years, simply because there will no longer be a need for it. For that to happen we must listen to the experiences of the people that we see. We must support people and help them out of crisis, but we must also identify what is driving people into Foodbanks, then advocate for change.

Dear Richard Littlejohn: Please Don't Pretend That Hunger and Poverty Are Not Real, Right Here, Right Now

Sarah Chapman | Posted 11.09.2016 | UK
Sarah Chapman

The questioning again that hunger and poverty is not a reality in the UK in 2015, or that it is a fabrication of left-wing politics, is both inaccurate and demonising - adding to the false narrative that anyone who doesn't have income for enough food, or rent, or gas and electricity, or school shoes for the kids, must have only themselves to blame.

What's Wrong With Benefit Sanctions?

Chris Mould | Posted 28.08.2016 | UK Politics
Chris Mould

Why does behaviour we would think outrageous if it were a business owner trying it, get given the okay when it's people administering the benefits system that do it? What justifies the rules being so very different?

Findings on Welsh Poverty Shame the Whole UK

Amelia Womack | Posted 18.06.2016 | UK Politics
Amelia Womack

Yesterday, Welsh assembly members issued a long-overdue warning over the government's failure to effectively tackle poverty. While poverty in most regions of the UK has fallen in recent years, in Wales the figure has remained static.

Compassion - More Than a Word!

Sharon Bull | Posted 21.05.2016 | UK
Sharon Bull

Am I really to believe that I now live in a society that is increasingly growing into a 'screw you, I'm alright Jack' community - I do hope not? But t...

Over One Million Britons Fed by Foodbanks - Why?

Valdemar Alsop | Posted 27.06.2015 | UK Politics
Valdemar Alsop

With over one million people using Trussell Trust Foodbanks, I couldn't help but reflect on what Jon said: he wanted to be out of a job for the right reasons. The Foodbank doesn't want to exist. Jon, however, looks like he might be working for a while yet.

Eleven Foodbank Myths You Must Not Fall For

Molly Hodson | Posted 23.06.2015 | UK
Molly Hodson

It's becoming increasingly hard not to have an opinion on foodbanks. But when you're forming yours, make sure you're not falling for any of these common myths about food bank use...

The Food Bank Record David Cameron Won't Be Celebrating

Huffington Post UK/PA | James Martin | Posted 18.04.2015 | UK

David Cameron has been urged by Labour to sign a pledge to reduce food bank usage as figures are expected to confirm a million people have used them i...

The Food Waste Revolution Putting an End to Hunger

Leo Garbutt | Posted 06.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Leo Garbutt

Set up by Adam Smith in early 2013, the café attempts to reverse the town's hardship. Its colourful exterior beams across the cracked pavement with a banner reading "pay as you feel", tempting customers inside.

All Welcome to the Table This Easter

Bishop Paul Bayes | Posted 02.06.2015 | UK
Bishop Paul Bayes

The church is rightly finding its voice again, calling for example at this election time for a "fresh moral vision". A vision where people are paid a decent living wage for the work they do, where the vulnerable are cared for and respected. Where government institutions treat people as people not numbers on a balance sheet.