East Lancashire food banks provide safety net for those in dire need

THE shocking levels of food poverty in the region has prompted the Lancashire Telegraph to launch a campaign calling on readers to back local foodbanks.

Campaigners have said youngsters in East Lancashire are going hungry and they have seen malnutrition in primary school age children.

Over the past two years the increase in the amount of Foodbanks in the UK has been staggering, with an average of three new foodbanks opening every week.

They aim to provide emergency relief for those facing financial hardship and work by relying on frontline care professionals, such as police, health visitors and doctors, to identify people in crisis and refer them to their local foodbank for support.

In the first nine months of opening, Blackburn Foodbank had fed more than 2,000 people and recently announced it had fed its 1,000th child.

The problem of food poverty is echoed all across the region, with Community Solutions Foodbank in Accrington and Burnley and the Raft Foundation in Rossendale also reporting rocketing numbers of referrals.

Foodbank managers report they regularly see three ‘types’ of referrals – those in short term crisis, those facing secondary pressures and help for people with long-term problems such as alcohol and drug problems. Here are some stories of people in those predicaments.

SHORT TERM CRISIS

According to the foodbanks the first category of people being helped are in ‘short-term crisis’.

This group may have been financially solvent enough to support themselves in the past but due to an unexpected redundancy, illness or divorce, they suddenly face brief financial hardship, perhaps for the first time.

One resident from Bacup, who received a food package from the Raft Foundation in Rossendale, said: “We were fine until I lost my job at the council.

“Technically, I was made ‘redundant’ but there was no redundancy pay.

“My husband is disabled and so all of a sudden, the two of us were on benefits. We managed to scrape by at first but then we were hit with two unexpected bills. Something had to give and we ended up needing the food package to avoid missing bill payments.”

Diane Mason, who works at Royal Preston Hospital, said she found herself needing emergency food from the Blackburn Foodbank after she was diagnosed with osteoarthritis. She was off sick for two months with half pay but found that this was not enough to cover the cost of mortgage payments and heating bills. The foodbank was there to help.

DRINK AND DRUGS

Ros Duerden, project manager, at Blackurn Foodbank said the organisation often provided short-term help for people with drug and alcohol problem. These clients are usually referred to the foodbank by the police or community drugs team.

They are often people who are trying to get their lives back on track and Mrs Duerden said that a referral could help with that and provide a real boost to people at a crucial time.

She said: “The community drugs team comments that the act of referring clients to the Foodbank often presents the opportunity to sit down together and talk about things like budgeting, diet and lifestyle choices, so it strengthens the relationship between them.

“People with addiction problems often live very chaotic lifestyles and so their circumstances change with alarming regularity.

“Usually, they are referred because there has been a change in their lifestyle which has forced them to reapply for benefits, which can then be delayed.

“We are here only as a safety net and can’t provide long term support for anyone who uses the centre.”

‘SECONDARY PRESSURES'

The third group fall into the ‘secondary pressures’ category.

This group refers to people who are earning a low wage or are reliant on benefits but have secondary pressures that mean their financial balance can be hard to maintain.

Their finances may be disrupted frequently by irresponsible partners, irregular work patterns and difficult family circumstances.

One user of the Blackburn Foodbank who lives in Infirmary Road said: “Me and my ex had a really bad relationship.

“Now we’ve split, we share custody of my little boy but because his official address is at his dad’s I can’t claim any benefits as a parent.

“I also work for a charity but because it is only voluntary I don’t get paid.

“When I told the job centre about my new circumstances they stopped my benefits for four weeks while they processed it “ I don’t understand how they can do this to me. My little boy still lives with me three or four days a week, so it’s not like I don’t have to feed or support him and I have no one else to turn to. My mum died when I was 15.”

YOUR LOCAL FOODBANK AND HOW TO DONATE

THERE are many foodbanks across Lancashire and all need non-perishable, in-date food.

Blackburn Foodbank: Take your food donations to the Distribution Centre, Unit 5, Brunswick Street, on Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 11am to 2pm. Or call 07594 215356 to arrange for donations to be collected.

Clitheroe Foodbank: There are collection baskets in Skipton Building Society, Natwest and Barclays Bank, all Clitheroe churches and Clitheroe Mount. Or drop off donations at Trinity Methodist Church, Parson Lane, Clitheroe, on Monday, Wednesday and Friday 11am to 1.30pm.

Community Solutions Foodbank: St James’ Old School, Cannon Street, Accrington, or call 01254 352591 to arrange a drop-off in Burnley.

Darwen Food Larder: The Food Larder has collection points in town and local churches or drop off donations at the Darwen Community Furniture Project, Unit F, Watery Lane Works, Darwen, from 9am to 5pm.

The Raft Foundation: Drop off in many Rossendale shops, Haslingden Tesco, churches and schools. To arrange to drop off non-perishable donations or to give money for fresh food, go to www.raftfoundation.org, or email info@raftfoundation.org St Philip’s Grassroots Centre in Nelson: open every Monday morning. Call 01282 877640.

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9:35pm Tue 16 Jul 13

happycyclist says...

It's not being able to afford food that is breaking people. It's not being able to afford water, gas, electricity, phone bills, internet access, denplans because there are no NHS dentists, bus fares, house insurance, council tax, bedroom tax, etc etc. Food is the easiest thing to scrimp on because nobody is coming knocking on your door if you don't pay your food bill.
If there were electricity banks, gas banks, water rate banks, council tax banks... they are the things that even people would be queuing up for.

We've become saturated with talk of human rights for idiotic things when so many people are having to make the choice of feeding themselves or paying bills to privatised companies and their grubby shareholders, that should never have been privatised in the first place, for fear of having the bailiffs come round. We're living in a sick society. There is enough work and enough money to go around in this country if it weren't for the rampant selfishness that prevails.
It's not being able to afford food that is breaking people. It's not being able to afford water, gas, electricity, phone bills, internet access, denplans because there are no NHS dentists, bus fares, house insurance, council tax, bedroom tax, etc etc. Food is the easiest thing to scrimp on because nobody is coming knocking on your door if you don't pay your food bill. If there were electricity banks, gas banks, water rate banks, council tax banks... they are the things that even people would be queuing up for. We've become saturated with talk of human rights for idiotic things when so many people are having to make the choice of feeding themselves or paying bills to privatised companies and their grubby shareholders, that should never have been privatised in the first place, for fear of having the bailiffs come round. We're living in a sick society. There is enough work and enough money to go around in this country if it weren't for the rampant selfishness that prevails. happycyclist

10:08pm Tue 16 Jul 13

Darren1951 says...

happycyclist wrote:
It's not being able to afford food that is breaking people. It's not being able to afford water, gas, electricity, phone bills, internet access, denplans because there are no NHS dentists, bus fares, house insurance, council tax, bedroom tax, etc etc. Food is the easiest thing to scrimp on because nobody is coming knocking on your door if you don't pay your food bill. If there were electricity banks, gas banks, water rate banks, council tax banks... they are the things that even people would be queuing up for. We've become saturated with talk of human rights for idiotic things when so many people are having to make the choice of feeding themselves or paying bills to privatised companies and their grubby shareholders, that should never have been privatised in the first place, for fear of having the bailiffs come round. We're living in a sick society. There is enough work and enough money to go around in this country if it weren't for the rampant selfishness that prevails.
Happycyclist - never, I don't think, have truer words been spoken. This is probably the most eloquent and accurate posting I've seen on the LT site to date, If the majority of the population hadn't been brainwashed by successive governments, we'd be ripe for revolution, and, I guess, a pretty bloody one at that.
[quote][p][bold]happycyclist[/bold] wrote: It's not being able to afford food that is breaking people. It's not being able to afford water, gas, electricity, phone bills, internet access, denplans because there are no NHS dentists, bus fares, house insurance, council tax, bedroom tax, etc etc. Food is the easiest thing to scrimp on because nobody is coming knocking on your door if you don't pay your food bill. If there were electricity banks, gas banks, water rate banks, council tax banks... they are the things that even people would be queuing up for. We've become saturated with talk of human rights for idiotic things when so many people are having to make the choice of feeding themselves or paying bills to privatised companies and their grubby shareholders, that should never have been privatised in the first place, for fear of having the bailiffs come round. We're living in a sick society. There is enough work and enough money to go around in this country if it weren't for the rampant selfishness that prevails.[/p][/quote]Happycyclist - never, I don't think, have truer words been spoken. This is probably the most eloquent and accurate posting I've seen on the LT site to date, If the majority of the population hadn't been brainwashed by successive governments, we'd be ripe for revolution, and, I guess, a pretty bloody one at that. Darren1951

10:43pm Tue 16 Jul 13

2 for 5p says...

Okay then yesterday Tuesday I was stopped on king Street Blackburn by a guy asking me if I wanted to buy his food handouts for a £10, I looked at what he had there was about £18 aprox of food he declined then approached someone else. I wonder whether wanted the money for.
You brainless wonders who donate to these louses might as well give them fags or drugs .
(:[) smash robot not happy.
Okay then yesterday Tuesday I was stopped on king Street Blackburn by a guy asking me if I wanted to buy his food handouts for a £10, I looked at what he had there was about £18 aprox of food he declined then approached someone else. I wonder whether wanted the money for. You brainless wonders who donate to these louses might as well give them fags or drugs . (:[) smash robot not happy. 2 for 5p

10:55pm Tue 16 Jul 13

Darren1951 says...

Uh-ohhh! Looks like 2 for 5p's been at the Braso again.
Uh-ohhh! Looks like 2 for 5p's been at the Braso again. Darren1951

11:03pm Tue 16 Jul 13

willie eckerslike says...

2 for 5p wrote:
Okay then yesterday Tuesday I was stopped on king Street Blackburn by a guy asking me if I wanted to buy his food handouts for a £10, I looked at what he had there was about £18 aprox of food he declined then approached someone else. I wonder whether wanted the money for.
You brainless wonders who donate to these louses might as well give them fags or drugs .
(:
blinkin eck, you don't know what day it is now ?? have you been on the sauce again ??
[quote][p][bold]2 for 5p[/bold] wrote: Okay then yesterday Tuesday I was stopped on king Street Blackburn by a guy asking me if I wanted to buy his food handouts for a £10, I looked at what he had there was about £18 aprox of food he declined then approached someone else. I wonder whether wanted the money for. You brainless wonders who donate to these louses might as well give them fags or drugs . (:[) smash robot not happy.[/p][/quote]blinkin eck, you don't know what day it is now ?? have you been on the sauce again ?? willie eckerslike

11:08pm Tue 16 Jul 13

Rimbus says...

Darren1951 wrote:
Uh-ohhh! Looks like 2 for 5p's been at the Braso again.
It's obviously benefits day in the 2 for 5p slum. Jacked up on whatever he can get his hands on and he doesn't even know what day it is! Just another day in 2 for 5p's smack-addled existence.
[quote][p][bold]Darren1951[/bold] wrote: Uh-ohhh! Looks like 2 for 5p's been at the Braso again.[/p][/quote]It's obviously benefits day in the 2 for 5p slum. Jacked up on whatever he can get his hands on and he doesn't even know what day it is! Just another day in 2 for 5p's smack-addled existence. Rimbus

11:19pm Tue 16 Jul 13

earwego says...

Wellcome to Tory life. It will always be the same under a Tory Government,rich get richer,poorer get poorer. The trouble now is,there is not now any difference between the two main parties. First we need to leave the gravy train that is the EU. We cannot keep supporting the unelected beaurocrats making laws and regulations that undermine the British way of life.We must be allowed to manage our own borders.We must find ways of making our M.Ps,Excutives,Banke
rs,owners personally accountable for their Company or office. All political parties must be made, by law, to impliment all of their manifesto during its first term in office. And last, everybody should be subject to the rule of law,there should not be any exceptions as is the M.Ps own rules on expenses. Until then,my ballot paper will be," none of the above"
Then Mr Cameron,we may all be in this together. ( Fat chance of any of this happening,to many snouts in the trough,to much business interests)
Wellcome to Tory life. It will always be the same under a Tory Government,rich get richer,poorer get poorer. The trouble now is,there is not now any difference between the two main parties. First we need to leave the gravy train that is the EU. We cannot keep supporting the unelected beaurocrats making laws and regulations that undermine the British way of life.We must be allowed to manage our own borders.We must find ways of making our M.Ps,Excutives,Banke rs,owners personally accountable for their Company or office. All political parties must be made, by law, to impliment all of their manifesto during its first term in office. And last, everybody should be subject to the rule of law,there should not be any exceptions as is the M.Ps own rules on expenses. Until then,my ballot paper will be," none of the above" Then Mr Cameron,we may all be in this together. ( Fat chance of any of this happening,to many snouts in the trough,to much business interests) earwego

11:21pm Tue 16 Jul 13

greenscreener says...

Rimbus wrote:
Darren1951 wrote:
Uh-ohhh! Looks like 2 for 5p's been at the Braso again.
It's obviously benefits day in the 2 for 5p slum. Jacked up on whatever he can get his hands on and he doesn't even know what day it is! Just another day in 2 for 5p's smack-addled existence.
And from his own record of the conversation it appears even someone desperate enough to sell his food parcel had enough self respect to actually decline to do business with our friend Toofer. He must look as dishevelled as he types.
[quote][p][bold]Rimbus[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Darren1951[/bold] wrote: Uh-ohhh! Looks like 2 for 5p's been at the Braso again.[/p][/quote]It's obviously benefits day in the 2 for 5p slum. Jacked up on whatever he can get his hands on and he doesn't even know what day it is! Just another day in 2 for 5p's smack-addled existence.[/p][/quote]And from his own record of the conversation it appears even someone desperate enough to sell his food parcel had enough self respect to actually decline to do business with our friend Toofer. He must look as dishevelled as he types. greenscreener

11:25pm Tue 16 Jul 13

Darren1951 says...

HC, and anyone else who's interested - I remembered this just after I'd sent my first post on this thread. It's the last verse of the poem, "The Secret People", by GK Chesterton, which makes "interesting" reading.

We hear men speaking for us of new laws strong and sweet,
Yet is there no man speaketh as we speak in the street.
It may be we shall rise the last as Frenchmen rose the first,
Our wrath come after Russia's wrath and our wrath be the worst.
It may be we are meant to mark with our riot and our rest
God's scorn for all men governing. It may be beer is best.
But we are the people of England; and we have not spoken yet.
Smile at us, pay us, pass us. But do not quite forget.

I live in hope!
HC, and anyone else who's interested - I remembered this just after I'd sent my first post on this thread. It's the last verse of the poem, "The Secret People", by GK Chesterton, which makes "interesting" reading. We hear men speaking for us of new laws strong and sweet, Yet is there no man speaketh as we speak in the street. It may be we shall rise the last as Frenchmen rose the first, Our wrath come after Russia's wrath and our wrath be the worst. It may be we are meant to mark with our riot and our rest God's scorn for all men governing. It may be beer is best. But we are the people of England; and we have not spoken yet. Smile at us, pay us, pass us. But do not quite forget. I live in hope! Darren1951

11:32pm Tue 16 Jul 13

2 for 5p says...

greenscreener wrote:
Rimbus wrote:
Darren1951 wrote:
Uh-ohhh! Looks like 2 for 5p's been at the Braso again.
It's obviously benefits day in the 2 for 5p slum. Jacked up on whatever he can get his hands on and he doesn't even know what day it is! Just another day in 2 for 5p's smack-addled existence.
And from his own record of the conversation it appears even someone desperate enough to sell his food parcel had enough self respect to actually decline to do business with our friend Toofer. He must look as dishevelled as he types.
He only turned the offer down because I said I would only give him £6
[quote][p][bold]greenscreener[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rimbus[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Darren1951[/bold] wrote: Uh-ohhh! Looks like 2 for 5p's been at the Braso again.[/p][/quote]It's obviously benefits day in the 2 for 5p slum. Jacked up on whatever he can get his hands on and he doesn't even know what day it is! Just another day in 2 for 5p's smack-addled existence.[/p][/quote]And from his own record of the conversation it appears even someone desperate enough to sell his food parcel had enough self respect to actually decline to do business with our friend Toofer. He must look as dishevelled as he types.[/p][/quote]He only turned the offer down because I said I would only give him £6 2 for 5p

11:36pm Tue 16 Jul 13

Darren1951 says...

"He only turned the offer down because I said I would only give him £6"

Gosh!! He's managed a full sentence, nay, a full post, without a mistake. Glory be!
"He only turned the offer down because I said I would only give him £6" Gosh!! He's managed a full sentence, nay, a full post, without a mistake. Glory be! Darren1951

6:16am Wed 17 Jul 13

Kevin, Colne says...

The LT is to be commended for running with this issue. The reporter of this piece has produced a very fine piece of journalism which is of the highest standard: original, informative and educational.

I am coming around to the view that we're in the early stages of a new era of near-stagnant living standards for the majority and, in the West, the end of ever-rising prosperity.

This is one of the most pressing issues of the day and the effects are going to be very profound yet the subject hardly features at all in our national discourse.
The LT is to be commended for running with this issue. The reporter of this piece has produced a very fine piece of journalism which is of the highest standard: original, informative and educational. I am coming around to the view that we're in the early stages of a new era of near-stagnant living standards for the majority and, in the West, the end of ever-rising prosperity. This is one of the most pressing issues of the day and the effects are going to be very profound yet the subject hardly features at all in our national discourse. Kevin, Colne

6:19am Wed 17 Jul 13

Chris P Bacon says...

2 for 5p wrote:
greenscreener wrote:
Rimbus wrote:
Darren1951 wrote:
Uh-ohhh! Looks like 2 for 5p's been at the Braso again.
It's obviously benefits day in the 2 for 5p slum. Jacked up on whatever he can get his hands on and he doesn't even know what day it is! Just another day in 2 for 5p's smack-addled existence.
And from his own record of the conversation it appears even someone desperate enough to sell his food parcel had enough self respect to actually decline to do business with our friend Toofer. He must look as dishevelled as he types.
He only turned the offer down because I said I would only give him £6
If this incident did indeed occur, and I very much doubt it did in reality, this desperado wasn't desperate enough to do business with you. Doesn't that graphically illustrate the way the world sees you?
[quote][p][bold]2 for 5p[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]greenscreener[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rimbus[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Darren1951[/bold] wrote: Uh-ohhh! Looks like 2 for 5p's been at the Braso again.[/p][/quote]It's obviously benefits day in the 2 for 5p slum. Jacked up on whatever he can get his hands on and he doesn't even know what day it is! Just another day in 2 for 5p's smack-addled existence.[/p][/quote]And from his own record of the conversation it appears even someone desperate enough to sell his food parcel had enough self respect to actually decline to do business with our friend Toofer. He must look as dishevelled as he types.[/p][/quote]He only turned the offer down because I said I would only give him £6[/p][/quote]If this incident did indeed occur, and I very much doubt it did in reality, this desperado wasn't desperate enough to do business with you. Doesn't that graphically illustrate the way the world sees you? Chris P Bacon

8:20am Wed 17 Jul 13

willie eckerslike says...

Chris P Bacon wrote:
2 for 5p wrote:
greenscreener wrote:
Rimbus wrote:
Darren1951 wrote:
Uh-ohhh! Looks like 2 for 5p's been at the Braso again.
It's obviously benefits day in the 2 for 5p slum. Jacked up on whatever he can get his hands on and he doesn't even know what day it is! Just another day in 2 for 5p's smack-addled existence.
And from his own record of the conversation it appears even someone desperate enough to sell his food parcel had enough self respect to actually decline to do business with our friend Toofer. He must look as dishevelled as he types.
He only turned the offer down because I said I would only give him £6
If this incident did indeed occur, and I very much doubt it did in reality, this desperado wasn't desperate enough to do business with you. Doesn't that graphically illustrate the way the world sees you?
what were you doing ?? still having £6 on a Tuesday ?? ., things are looking up for you .
[quote][p][bold]Chris P Bacon[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]2 for 5p[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]greenscreener[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rimbus[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Darren1951[/bold] wrote: Uh-ohhh! Looks like 2 for 5p's been at the Braso again.[/p][/quote]It's obviously benefits day in the 2 for 5p slum. Jacked up on whatever he can get his hands on and he doesn't even know what day it is! Just another day in 2 for 5p's smack-addled existence.[/p][/quote]And from his own record of the conversation it appears even someone desperate enough to sell his food parcel had enough self respect to actually decline to do business with our friend Toofer. He must look as dishevelled as he types.[/p][/quote]He only turned the offer down because I said I would only give him £6[/p][/quote]If this incident did indeed occur, and I very much doubt it did in reality, this desperado wasn't desperate enough to do business with you. Doesn't that graphically illustrate the way the world sees you?[/p][/quote]what were you doing ?? still having £6 on a Tuesday ?? ., things are looking up for you . willie eckerslike

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