East Lancs foodbanks sees demand rocket over school holidays

East Lancs foodbanks sees demand rocket over school holidays

East Lancs foodbanks sees demand rocket over school holidays

First published in News Blackburn Citizen: Photograph of the Author by , Health Reporter

FOODBANKS have seen a huge spike in referrals since the start of the shool holidays.

A lack of free school meals during the summer break has left hundreds of parents struggling to feed their children, and many have been forced to seek help from voluntary organisations.

Community Solutions North West, which deliveres parcels to East Lancashire families from its warehouse in Burnley, said it had been fully prepared for the increase in demand.

Director Mark Hirst said: “We normally deliver about 200 food parcels each week, but in the summer we’ve seen an increase in demand of about 20 per cent. But this wasn’t something that surprised us and we were ready for it.

“We are slightly different to other Foodbanks in that our volunteers use the delivery times to engage with people, to try and get them help so they don’t need to use the service again.”

Ros Duerden, of Blackburn with Darwen Foodbank, said: “We’ve seen a dramatic increase in families needing our services in the summer.

“Donations are nowhere near to meeting the need so we’re having to spend about £1,000 per week on food at the moment, which isn’t sustainable.

“People out there are really desperate and we need the public’s help to keep the donations coming in.”

In July, the Foodbank gave food parcels to 945 people, compared to just 586 in April.

Ros said the charity will have a collection stand at Asda in Blackburn today, which is hoped to bring in about one-and-a-half tonnes of food.

Earlier this year, the Lancashire Telegraph revealed figures which suggested Blackburn with Darwen has the highest proportion of underweight children in England, which raised concerns about increasing poverty and malnutrition levels in the borough.

To donate to Community Solutions North West call 01254 352591, or email info@csnw.co.uk and to donate to Blackburn with Darwen Foodbank call 01254 672756, or call 07594215356 to arrange a collection.

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3:37pm Sat 9 Aug 14

andy1 says...

Welcome to 21st Britain where the rich get tax cuts time after time whilst those at the bottom of the ladder rely on charities for basics. One of the richest nations regardless of who is in power should be ashamed it still allows poverty to this day.
Welcome to 21st Britain where the rich get tax cuts time after time whilst those at the bottom of the ladder rely on charities for basics. One of the richest nations regardless of who is in power should be ashamed it still allows poverty to this day. andy1
  • Score: 14

3:52pm Sat 9 Aug 14

darwenTower says...

100s of parents struggling to feel their own kids because nobody is giving them free food?

Any watch Utopia on Channel 4?
I'm starting to think it's a good idea (mass sterilisation).

I wonder how many of these people who can't support themselves or their offspring will go on to have more kids.
100s of parents struggling to feel their own kids because nobody is giving them free food? Any watch Utopia on Channel 4? I'm starting to think it's a good idea (mass sterilisation). I wonder how many of these people who can't support themselves or their offspring will go on to have more kids. darwenTower
  • Score: 7

4:09pm Sat 9 Aug 14

2 for 5p ridesagain says...

darwenTower wrote:
100s of parents struggling to feel their own kids because nobody is giving them free food?

Any watch Utopia on Channel 4?
I'm starting to think it's a good idea (mass sterilisation).

I wonder how many of these people who can't support themselves or their offspring will go on to have more kids.
Well said
[quote][p][bold]darwenTower[/bold] wrote: 100s of parents struggling to feel their own kids because nobody is giving them free food? Any watch Utopia on Channel 4? I'm starting to think it's a good idea (mass sterilisation). I wonder how many of these people who can't support themselves or their offspring will go on to have more kids.[/p][/quote]Well said 2 for 5p ridesagain
  • Score: -3

4:30pm Sat 9 Aug 14

2 for 5p ridesagain says...

So please as I see it the great unwashed are getting there benefit money to feed there kids. Yet they are going cap in hand expecting other people people (working people) to provide them with food.
So I beg the question what (as if we didnt know already) are the great unwashed spending there benefit on.
I believe it is irresponsible so.
BE WARNED. Any one with kids a see getting food bank handouts out I will inform social services immediately .
There will be plenty of prospective adoptive parants out there.
So please as I see it the great unwashed are getting there benefit money to feed there kids. Yet they are going cap in hand expecting other people people (working people) to provide them with food. So I beg the question what (as if we didnt know already) are the great unwashed spending there benefit on. I believe it is irresponsible so. BE WARNED. Any one with kids a see getting food bank handouts out I will inform social services immediately . There will be plenty of prospective adoptive parants out there. 2 for 5p ridesagain
  • Score: -4

4:39pm Sat 9 Aug 14

woolywords says...

darwenTower wrote:
100s of parents struggling to feel their own kids because nobody is giving them free food?

Any watch Utopia on Channel 4?
I'm starting to think it's a good idea (mass sterilisation).

I wonder how many of these people who can't support themselves or their offspring will go on to have more kids.
The complete fallacy in what you say is easily exposed by plain facts.
What is the point in sterilising parents of a couple of teen-aged kids?
...
Since those children were born, fuel prices rose by over 37 per cent in the last 4 years, with wage rises being less than the rate of inflation...
Callous and fatuous statements like yours, do nothing to address the underlying problems faced by the many people on minimal wages.
...
Foodbanks should collate and then publish, the numbers of those receiving help that are working; to expose the enormity of the problem.
If only to educate those whom think that foodbank usage, is a means to to subsidise alcohol, drugs and cigarette abuse, while watching their Sky TV...
[quote][p][bold]darwenTower[/bold] wrote: 100s of parents struggling to feel their own kids because nobody is giving them free food? Any watch Utopia on Channel 4? I'm starting to think it's a good idea (mass sterilisation). I wonder how many of these people who can't support themselves or their offspring will go on to have more kids.[/p][/quote]The complete fallacy in what you say is easily exposed by plain facts. What is the point in sterilising parents of a couple of teen-aged kids? ... Since those children were born, fuel prices rose by over 37 per cent in the last 4 years, with wage rises being less than the rate of inflation... Callous and fatuous statements like yours, do nothing to address the underlying problems faced by the many people on minimal wages. ... Foodbanks should collate and then publish, the numbers of those receiving help that are working; to expose the enormity of the problem. If only to educate those whom think that foodbank usage, is a means to to subsidise alcohol, drugs and cigarette abuse, while watching their Sky TV... woolywords
  • Score: 5

5:04pm Sat 9 Aug 14

moxhie says...

It's a pity that people such as Clement Attlee and Aneurin Bevan could not be raised from the dead .

This country needs politicians such as they were who will fight for the poor and not give in to the forces of the status quo and the old boys brigade .
It's a pity that people such as Clement Attlee and Aneurin Bevan could not be raised from the dead . This country needs politicians such as they were who will fight for the poor and not give in to the forces of the status quo and the old boys brigade . moxhie
  • Score: 4

6:57pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Oldmanofthemountains says...

2 for 5p ridesagain wrote:
So please as I see it the great unwashed are getting there benefit money to feed there kids. Yet they are going cap in hand expecting other people people (working people) to provide them with food.
So I beg the question what (as if we didnt know already) are the great unwashed spending there benefit on.
I believe it is irresponsible so.
BE WARNED. Any one with kids a see getting food bank handouts out I will inform social services immediately .
There will be plenty of prospective adoptive parants out there.
His spelling doesn't improve with practice, does it?
[quote][p][bold]2 for 5p ridesagain[/bold] wrote: So please as I see it the great unwashed are getting there benefit money to feed there kids. Yet they are going cap in hand expecting other people people (working people) to provide them with food. So I beg the question what (as if we didnt know already) are the great unwashed spending there benefit on. I believe it is irresponsible so. BE WARNED. Any one with kids a see getting food bank handouts out I will inform social services immediately . There will be plenty of prospective adoptive parants out there.[/p][/quote]His spelling doesn't improve with practice, does it? Oldmanofthemountains
  • Score: 6

8:58pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Just an observer says...

Makes me sick all this pleading poverty, now these people know just how hard it is perhaps?? Oh just a thought here, how can they all be claiming benefits? as i am told that, because my wife is in full time employment. i cannot claim, this because i have not paid enough national insurance contributions. maybe i will just give it a try? see if i can get some food.
Makes me sick all this pleading poverty, now these people know just how hard it is perhaps?? Oh just a thought here, how can they all be claiming benefits? as i am told that, because my wife is in full time employment. i cannot claim, this because i have not paid enough national insurance contributions. maybe i will just give it a try? see if i can get some food. Just an observer
  • Score: 5

9:08pm Sat 9 Aug 14

the white witch says...

watch that tv programme called Benefits street, it says it all. Most of them get paid between £500 & £700 and still state they cannot live easy & yet hard working people go out to earn an honest living and the wage is nowhere near what the benefits pay to some people. This is not justifiable.
These food banks encourage some parents to go waste their benfit money and then give free handouts. Is the right????
watch that tv programme called Benefits street, it says it all. Most of them get paid between £500 & £700 and still state they cannot live easy & yet hard working people go out to earn an honest living and the wage is nowhere near what the benefits pay to some people. This is not justifiable. These food banks encourage some parents to go waste their benfit money and then give free handouts. Is the right???? the white witch
  • Score: 1

11:27pm Sat 9 Aug 14

BRFC195 says...

I support food banks for the families who really need it , let's face it it's not just families on benefits who rely on this service but hard working people paying there way and still struggling to make ends meet , we all at some point will be down on our luck ...I do hope that the most vunrable are offered this service and the relevant checks carried out as I have to say I saw a family picking up food from a food bank in blackburn and driving away in a 2013 reg car which suggests that they are not as hard up as the food bank may be led to believe !
I support food banks for the families who really need it , let's face it it's not just families on benefits who rely on this service but hard working people paying there way and still struggling to make ends meet , we all at some point will be down on our luck ...I do hope that the most vunrable are offered this service and the relevant checks carried out as I have to say I saw a family picking up food from a food bank in blackburn and driving away in a 2013 reg car which suggests that they are not as hard up as the food bank may be led to believe ! BRFC195
  • Score: 8

4:46am Sun 10 Aug 14

glossopkid says...

BRFC195 wrote:
I support food banks for the families who really need it , let's face it it's not just families on benefits who rely on this service but hard working people paying there way and still struggling to make ends meet , we all at some point will be down on our luck ...I do hope that the most vunrable are offered this service and the relevant checks carried out as I have to say I saw a family picking up food from a food bank in blackburn and driving away in a 2013 reg car which suggests that they are not as hard up as the food bank may be led to believe !
Could it be the car is a Motobility car??? Just a thought.
[quote][p][bold]BRFC195[/bold] wrote: I support food banks for the families who really need it , let's face it it's not just families on benefits who rely on this service but hard working people paying there way and still struggling to make ends meet , we all at some point will be down on our luck ...I do hope that the most vunrable are offered this service and the relevant checks carried out as I have to say I saw a family picking up food from a food bank in blackburn and driving away in a 2013 reg car which suggests that they are not as hard up as the food bank may be led to believe ![/p][/quote]Could it be the car is a Motobility car??? Just a thought. glossopkid
  • Score: -1

7:10am Sun 10 Aug 14

2 for 5p ridesagain says...

glossopkid wrote:
BRFC195 wrote:
I support food banks for the families who really need it , let's face it it's not just families on benefits who rely on this service but hard working people paying there way and still struggling to make ends meet , we all at some point will be down on our luck ...I do hope that the most vunrable are offered this service and the relevant checks carried out as I have to say I saw a family picking up food from a food bank in blackburn and driving away in a 2013 reg car which suggests that they are not as hard up as the food bank may be led to believe !
Could it be the car is a Motobility car??? Just a thought.
Even if it is a motobility car, they get a choice more money or car.
If they choose a car, their choice.
Cars also need petrol just shy of £6 a gallon. The great unwashed can't have everything in life.
[quote][p][bold]glossopkid[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BRFC195[/bold] wrote: I support food banks for the families who really need it , let's face it it's not just families on benefits who rely on this service but hard working people paying there way and still struggling to make ends meet , we all at some point will be down on our luck ...I do hope that the most vunrable are offered this service and the relevant checks carried out as I have to say I saw a family picking up food from a food bank in blackburn and driving away in a 2013 reg car which suggests that they are not as hard up as the food bank may be led to believe ![/p][/quote]Could it be the car is a Motobility car??? Just a thought.[/p][/quote]Even if it is a motobility car, they get a choice more money or car. If they choose a car, their choice. Cars also need petrol just shy of £6 a gallon. The great unwashed can't have everything in life. 2 for 5p ridesagain
  • Score: 2

7:54am Sun 10 Aug 14

The Seagull has landed says...

Oldmanofthemountains wrote:
2 for 5p ridesagain wrote:
So please as I see it the great unwashed are getting there benefit money to feed there kids. Yet they are going cap in hand expecting other people people (working people) to provide them with food.
So I beg the question what (as if we didnt know already) are the great unwashed spending there benefit on.
I believe it is irresponsible so.
BE WARNED. Any one with kids a see getting food bank handouts out I will inform social services immediately .
There will be plenty of prospective adoptive parants out there.
His spelling doesn't improve with practice, does it?
At least he's not having a go at the terminally Ill claiming that they are lazy and week like he actually did on a previous article.
He is morally repugnant.
[quote][p][bold]Oldmanofthemountains[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]2 for 5p ridesagain[/bold] wrote: So please as I see it the great unwashed are getting there benefit money to feed there kids. Yet they are going cap in hand expecting other people people (working people) to provide them with food. So I beg the question what (as if we didnt know already) are the great unwashed spending there benefit on. I believe it is irresponsible so. BE WARNED. Any one with kids a see getting food bank handouts out I will inform social services immediately . There will be plenty of prospective adoptive parants out there.[/p][/quote]His spelling doesn't improve with practice, does it?[/p][/quote]At least he's not having a go at the terminally Ill claiming that they are lazy and week like he actually did on a previous article. He is morally repugnant. The Seagull has landed
  • Score: 3

7:56am Sun 10 Aug 14

The Seagull has landed says...

2 for 5p ridesagain wrote:
glossopkid wrote:
BRFC195 wrote:
I support food banks for the families who really need it , let's face it it's not just families on benefits who rely on this service but hard working people paying there way and still struggling to make ends meet , we all at some point will be down on our luck ...I do hope that the most vunrable are offered this service and the relevant checks carried out as I have to say I saw a family picking up food from a food bank in blackburn and driving away in a 2013 reg car which suggests that they are not as hard up as the food bank may be led to believe !
Could it be the car is a Motobility car??? Just a thought.
Even if it is a motobility car, they get a choice more money or car.
If they choose a car, their choice.
Cars also need petrol just shy of £6 a gallon. The great unwashed can't have everything in life.
Have you been up to the Pendleside hospice to apologise about your comments yet?
[quote][p][bold]2 for 5p ridesagain[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]glossopkid[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BRFC195[/bold] wrote: I support food banks for the families who really need it , let's face it it's not just families on benefits who rely on this service but hard working people paying there way and still struggling to make ends meet , we all at some point will be down on our luck ...I do hope that the most vunrable are offered this service and the relevant checks carried out as I have to say I saw a family picking up food from a food bank in blackburn and driving away in a 2013 reg car which suggests that they are not as hard up as the food bank may be led to believe ![/p][/quote]Could it be the car is a Motobility car??? Just a thought.[/p][/quote]Even if it is a motobility car, they get a choice more money or car. If they choose a car, their choice. Cars also need petrol just shy of £6 a gallon. The great unwashed can't have everything in life.[/p][/quote]Have you been up to the Pendleside hospice to apologise about your comments yet? The Seagull has landed
  • Score: 2

9:36am Sun 10 Aug 14

2 for 5p ridesagain says...

The Seagull has landed wrote:
2 for 5p ridesagain wrote:
glossopkid wrote:
BRFC195 wrote:
I support food banks for the families who really need it , let's face it it's not just families on benefits who rely on this service but hard working people paying there way and still struggling to make ends meet , we all at some point will be down on our luck ...I do hope that the most vunrable are offered this service and the relevant checks carried out as I have to say I saw a family picking up food from a food bank in blackburn and driving away in a 2013 reg car which suggests that they are not as hard up as the food bank may be led to believe !
Could it be the car is a Motobility car??? Just a thought.
Even if it is a motobility car, they get a choice more money or car.
If they choose a car, their choice.
Cars also need petrol just shy of £6 a gallon. The great unwashed can't have everything in life.
Have you been up to the Pendleside hospice to apologise about your comments yet?
Yawn
[quote][p][bold]The Seagull has landed[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]2 for 5p ridesagain[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]glossopkid[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BRFC195[/bold] wrote: I support food banks for the families who really need it , let's face it it's not just families on benefits who rely on this service but hard working people paying there way and still struggling to make ends meet , we all at some point will be down on our luck ...I do hope that the most vunrable are offered this service and the relevant checks carried out as I have to say I saw a family picking up food from a food bank in blackburn and driving away in a 2013 reg car which suggests that they are not as hard up as the food bank may be led to believe ![/p][/quote]Could it be the car is a Motobility car??? Just a thought.[/p][/quote]Even if it is a motobility car, they get a choice more money or car. If they choose a car, their choice. Cars also need petrol just shy of £6 a gallon. The great unwashed can't have everything in life.[/p][/quote]Have you been up to the Pendleside hospice to apologise about your comments yet?[/p][/quote]Yawn 2 for 5p ridesagain
  • Score: -6

6:29pm Sun 10 Aug 14

turbo5 says...

I wonder how many are genuine ? majority will be feckless parents spending money on fags drugs booze and mobile phones.
they can all afford tattoo's. It's free food no wonder they claim poverty.
I wonder how many are genuine ? majority will be feckless parents spending money on fags drugs booze and mobile phones. they can all afford tattoo's. It's free food no wonder they claim poverty. turbo5
  • Score: 1

8:22pm Sun 10 Aug 14

2 for 5p ridesagain says...

I repeat BE WARNED if I see anyone with children getting food bank handouts I will report you to social services for the sake of the children.
So be very careful, I will be watching.
I repeat BE WARNED if I see anyone with children getting food bank handouts I will report you to social services for the sake of the children. So be very careful, I will be watching. 2 for 5p ridesagain
  • Score: 1

8:58pm Sun 10 Aug 14

darwenTower says...

woolywords wrote:
darwenTower wrote:
100s of parents struggling to feel their own kids because nobody is giving them free food?

Any watch Utopia on Channel 4?
I'm starting to think it's a good idea (mass sterilisation).

I wonder how many of these people who can't support themselves or their offspring will go on to have more kids.
The complete fallacy in what you say is easily exposed by plain facts.
What is the point in sterilising parents of a couple of teen-aged kids?
...
Since those children were born, fuel prices rose by over 37 per cent in the last 4 years, with wage rises being less than the rate of inflation...
Callous and fatuous statements like yours, do nothing to address the underlying problems faced by the many people on minimal wages.
...
Foodbanks should collate and then publish, the numbers of those receiving help that are working; to expose the enormity of the problem.
If only to educate those whom think that foodbank usage, is a means to to subsidise alcohol, drugs and cigarette abuse, while watching their Sky TV...
Who's having all the kids? Self supporting families with jobs?

A large number of people on benefits are almost permanently pregnant.

How many working families do you know with 4+ kids?
[quote][p][bold]woolywords[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]darwenTower[/bold] wrote: 100s of parents struggling to feel their own kids because nobody is giving them free food? Any watch Utopia on Channel 4? I'm starting to think it's a good idea (mass sterilisation). I wonder how many of these people who can't support themselves or their offspring will go on to have more kids.[/p][/quote]The complete fallacy in what you say is easily exposed by plain facts. What is the point in sterilising parents of a couple of teen-aged kids? ... Since those children were born, fuel prices rose by over 37 per cent in the last 4 years, with wage rises being less than the rate of inflation... Callous and fatuous statements like yours, do nothing to address the underlying problems faced by the many people on minimal wages. ... Foodbanks should collate and then publish, the numbers of those receiving help that are working; to expose the enormity of the problem. If only to educate those whom think that foodbank usage, is a means to to subsidise alcohol, drugs and cigarette abuse, while watching their Sky TV...[/p][/quote]Who's having all the kids? Self supporting families with jobs? A large number of people on benefits are almost permanently pregnant. How many working families do you know with 4+ kids? darwenTower
  • Score: 2

11:53pm Sun 10 Aug 14

The Seagull has landed says...

2 for 5p ridesagain wrote:
I repeat BE WARNED if I see anyone with children getting food bank handouts I will report you to social services for the sake of the children.
So be very careful, I will be watching.
So basically what you're saying is that you're going to hang around food banks watching children.
Jesus christ, if it's not abusing the terminally Ill it's being inappropriate towards children.
YOU be warned, if I see you doing this I am going to make a citizens arrest.
[quote][p][bold]2 for 5p ridesagain[/bold] wrote: I repeat BE WARNED if I see anyone with children getting food bank handouts I will report you to social services for the sake of the children. So be very careful, I will be watching.[/p][/quote]So basically what you're saying is that you're going to hang around food banks watching children. Jesus christ, if it's not abusing the terminally Ill it's being inappropriate towards children. YOU be warned, if I see you doing this I am going to make a citizens arrest. The Seagull has landed
  • Score: 2

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