Money to boost East Lancashire foodbanks

Blackburn Citizen: Blackburn Foodbank manager Ros Duerden Blackburn Foodbank manager Ros Duerden

LANCASHIRE County Council will allocate £150,000 to strengthen the infrastructure of foodbanks.

The council pproved the decision in a bid to tackle food poverty after demand on Lancashire foodbanks rocketed in the last year.

Cabinet member for health and wellbeing, Azhar Ali, approved the decision which will see £150,000 of public health grant funding used to set up a small grants scheme for foodbanks in Lancashire.

The money will not pay directly for food supplies, but provide more of a supportive measure to ensure that foodbanks are able to cope with high demands and do not face the threat of unexpected outgoings alone.

Azhar Ali explained that the money would be used to fix delivery vans, provide computer support and support the day to day running of the foodbanks in Lancashire that have already helped hundreds of thousands of people.

Councillor Ali said: “The council helpd consultations with church groups and foodbanks after witnessing the rise of food poverty in Lancashire and the increasing demand on foodbanks.

“We held three foodbank summits in December last year to assess the impact of food poverty in Lancashire and look for opportunities to tackle it.

“Government cuts and austerity mean that people are facing crisis like never before and the council needs to support the foodbanks.”

Mandy Newlove, of Community Solutions, a social enterprise that runs a foodbank based in Hyndburn and Burnley said: “We welcome any cash and support as we are fully reliant on donations.

“It is a good thing that the council are recognising food poverty as a serious issue.

“The money will free up a lot of time for us to work with our clients and find out why they were facing crisis in the first place and try and solve the root cause.”

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2:49pm Sat 17 May 14

wilddog says...

Wot benefit is this to me then? I scrape by and also pay the pox tax which is funding this. Wots in it for me?
Wot benefit is this to me then? I scrape by and also pay the pox tax which is funding this. Wots in it for me? wilddog
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3:48pm Sat 17 May 14

woodgreensue says...

I suppose all the people attending foodbanks are checked to make sure that they don't smoke or drink, or am I getting my priorities wrong. I was always taught that food on the table was a priority. Then again I could be wrong.
When I think how my parents scrimped and struggled to make sure my sister and I were fed, they were never unemployed and did many types of work, they were proud working class people. Nowadays its too easy not too work, or be too choosy on the type of job people will do.
Its too easy to claim benefits nowaways, what is the world coming to
I suppose all the people attending foodbanks are checked to make sure that they don't smoke or drink, or am I getting my priorities wrong. I was always taught that food on the table was a priority. Then again I could be wrong. When I think how my parents scrimped and struggled to make sure my sister and I were fed, they were never unemployed and did many types of work, they were proud working class people. Nowadays its too easy not too work, or be too choosy on the type of job people will do. Its too easy to claim benefits nowaways, what is the world coming to woodgreensue
  • Score: 6

5:37pm Sat 17 May 14

Loving lances says...

woodgreensue wrote:
I suppose all the people attending foodbanks are checked to make sure that they don't smoke or drink, or am I getting my priorities wrong. I was always taught that food on the table was a priority. Then again I could be wrong.
When I think how my parents scrimped and struggled to make sure my sister and I were fed, they were never unemployed and did many types of work, they were proud working class people. Nowadays its too easy not too work, or be too choosy on the type of job people will do.
Its too easy to claim benefits nowaways, what is the world coming to
The banks and building societies are asking tough questions of people seeking loans, wanting to know about lifestyle choices abs spending patterns It would be good to ask similar questions of the unemployed and social
tenants. If they can afford 40 fags a day then they should sort out
their spending..
[quote][p][bold]woodgreensue[/bold] wrote: I suppose all the people attending foodbanks are checked to make sure that they don't smoke or drink, or am I getting my priorities wrong. I was always taught that food on the table was a priority. Then again I could be wrong. When I think how my parents scrimped and struggled to make sure my sister and I were fed, they were never unemployed and did many types of work, they were proud working class people. Nowadays its too easy not too work, or be too choosy on the type of job people will do. Its too easy to claim benefits nowaways, what is the world coming to[/p][/quote]The banks and building societies are asking tough questions of people seeking loans, wanting to know about lifestyle choices abs spending patterns It would be good to ask similar questions of the unemployed and social tenants. If they can afford 40 fags a day then they should sort out their spending.. Loving lances
  • Score: 3

1:50am Sun 18 May 14

2 for 5p ridesagain says...

Look when are fools like the LT ,Ros Dueden and Blackburn BC going to wake up and smell the coffee.
These flthy disgusting creatures are actually selling there food handouts. I have seen it with my own eyes, and i have bought a few as well.
Look when are fools like the LT ,Ros Dueden and Blackburn BC going to wake up and smell the coffee. These flthy disgusting creatures are actually selling there food handouts. I have seen it with my own eyes, and i have bought a few as well. 2 for 5p ridesagain
  • Score: -3

8:54am Sun 18 May 14

Chris P Bacon says...

2 for 5p ridesagain wrote:
Look when are fools like the LT ,Ros Dueden and Blackburn BC going to wake up and smell the coffee.
These flthy disgusting creatures are actually selling there food handouts. I have seen it with my own eyes, and i have bought a few as well.
Liar. And there's no depth to which you will not sink, is there?
[quote][p][bold]2 for 5p ridesagain[/bold] wrote: Look when are fools like the LT ,Ros Dueden and Blackburn BC going to wake up and smell the coffee. These flthy disgusting creatures are actually selling there food handouts. I have seen it with my own eyes, and i have bought a few as well.[/p][/quote]Liar. And there's no depth to which you will not sink, is there? Chris P Bacon
  • Score: 5

12:07pm Sun 18 May 14

woolywords says...

So the people who are struggling to feed themselves and are visiting food banks to survive, will benefit from an handout from the Council.

Erm, is it me or what?
Shouldn't the Council scrap the bedroom tax and by that, give money back to those whom are struggling financially?
So the people who are struggling to feed themselves and are visiting food banks to survive, will benefit from an handout from the Council. Erm, is it me or what? Shouldn't the Council scrap the bedroom tax and by that, give money back to those whom are struggling financially? woolywords
  • Score: 5

12:21am Mon 19 May 14

2 for 5p ridesagain says...

Chris P Bacon wrote:
2 for 5p ridesagain wrote:
Look when are fools like the LT ,Ros Dueden and Blackburn BC going to wake up and smell the coffee.
These flthy disgusting creatures are actually selling there food handouts. I have seen it with my own eyes, and i have bought a few as well.
Liar. And there's no depth to which you will not sink, is there?
No its not a lie if you think these poor unfortunates are going home and using the parcels to feed their families with, you are even more gullible than you know.
Go in any pub in Blackburn during the week and you will see them.
They usually cost between £8 and £20 depending on how desperate they are for fags.
Open your eyes wake up and smell the coffee
[quote][p][bold]Chris P Bacon[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]2 for 5p ridesagain[/bold] wrote: Look when are fools like the LT ,Ros Dueden and Blackburn BC going to wake up and smell the coffee. These flthy disgusting creatures are actually selling there food handouts. I have seen it with my own eyes, and i have bought a few as well.[/p][/quote]Liar. And there's no depth to which you will not sink, is there?[/p][/quote]No its not a lie if you think these poor unfortunates are going home and using the parcels to feed their families with, you are even more gullible than you know. Go in any pub in Blackburn during the week and you will see them. They usually cost between £8 and £20 depending on how desperate they are for fags. Open your eyes wake up and smell the coffee 2 for 5p ridesagain
  • Score: -3

7:26am Mon 19 May 14

Chris P Bacon says...

2 for 5p ridesagain wrote:
Chris P Bacon wrote:
2 for 5p ridesagain wrote:
Look when are fools like the LT ,Ros Dueden and Blackburn BC going to wake up and smell the coffee.
These flthy disgusting creatures are actually selling there food handouts. I have seen it with my own eyes, and i have bought a few as well.
Liar. And there's no depth to which you will not sink, is there?
No its not a lie if you think these poor unfortunates are going home and using the parcels to feed their families with, you are even more gullible than you know.
Go in any pub in Blackburn during the week and you will see them.
They usually cost between £8 and £20 depending on how desperate they are for fags.
Open your eyes wake up and smell the coffee
So you are an habitue of Blackburn's pubs during the week yourself, are you? Don't YOU work? And you've clearly made this up or are using a single isolated example to tar all the needy families this lifeline exists for. The underlying reason of your hatred for this facility is only too apparent.
[quote][p][bold]2 for 5p ridesagain[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Chris P Bacon[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]2 for 5p ridesagain[/bold] wrote: Look when are fools like the LT ,Ros Dueden and Blackburn BC going to wake up and smell the coffee. These flthy disgusting creatures are actually selling there food handouts. I have seen it with my own eyes, and i have bought a few as well.[/p][/quote]Liar. And there's no depth to which you will not sink, is there?[/p][/quote]No its not a lie if you think these poor unfortunates are going home and using the parcels to feed their families with, you are even more gullible than you know. Go in any pub in Blackburn during the week and you will see them. They usually cost between £8 and £20 depending on how desperate they are for fags. Open your eyes wake up and smell the coffee[/p][/quote]So you are an habitue of Blackburn's pubs during the week yourself, are you? Don't YOU work? And you've clearly made this up or are using a single isolated example to tar all the needy families this lifeline exists for. The underlying reason of your hatred for this facility is only too apparent. Chris P Bacon
  • Score: 0

2:48pm Mon 19 May 14

2 for 5p ridesagain says...

Chris P Bacon wrote:
2 for 5p ridesagain wrote:
Chris P Bacon wrote:
2 for 5p ridesagain wrote:
Look when are fools like the LT ,Ros Dueden and Blackburn BC going to wake up and smell the coffee.
These flthy disgusting creatures are actually selling there food handouts. I have seen it with my own eyes, and i have bought a few as well.
Liar. And there's no depth to which you will not sink, is there?
No its not a lie if you think these poor unfortunates are going home and using the parcels to feed their families with, you are even more gullible than you know.
Go in any pub in Blackburn during the week and you will see them.
They usually cost between £8 and £20 depending on how desperate they are for fags.
Open your eyes wake up and smell the coffee
So you are an habitue of Blackburn's pubs during the week yourself, are you? Don't YOU work? And you've clearly made this up or are using a single isolated example to tar all the needy families this lifeline exists for. The underlying reason of your hatred for this facility is only too apparent.
I don't have a hatred for food banks i just wanted to let people know exactly what happens to the food they donate. They can then make a informed choice of if to donate or not.
[quote][p][bold]Chris P Bacon[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]2 for 5p ridesagain[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Chris P Bacon[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]2 for 5p ridesagain[/bold] wrote: Look when are fools like the LT ,Ros Dueden and Blackburn BC going to wake up and smell the coffee. These flthy disgusting creatures are actually selling there food handouts. I have seen it with my own eyes, and i have bought a few as well.[/p][/quote]Liar. And there's no depth to which you will not sink, is there?[/p][/quote]No its not a lie if you think these poor unfortunates are going home and using the parcels to feed their families with, you are even more gullible than you know. Go in any pub in Blackburn during the week and you will see them. They usually cost between £8 and £20 depending on how desperate they are for fags. Open your eyes wake up and smell the coffee[/p][/quote]So you are an habitue of Blackburn's pubs during the week yourself, are you? Don't YOU work? And you've clearly made this up or are using a single isolated example to tar all the needy families this lifeline exists for. The underlying reason of your hatred for this facility is only too apparent.[/p][/quote]I don't have a hatred for food banks i just wanted to let people know exactly what happens to the food they donate. They can then make a informed choice of if to donate or not. 2 for 5p ridesagain
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