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Demand For Food Parcels Rocket

Monday December 10 2012



DEMAND for free food parcels to help out desperate, needy families has rocketed in the last year.

The Salvation Army in Goldthorpe hands out meat, vegetables, pasta, fruit and bread donated by local people and churches to over 40 families a week - a number which has rocketed from just six families last year.

Capt Christine Lee, of Goldthorpe Salvation Army, said without the weekly handouts many would have no food to eat at all.

She said: “Demand is just escalating all the time.

“When they change benefits there can be up to eight weeks where they have no money at all. Of course, this is going to get worse because of the bedroom tax coming in.

“I really don’t know what some people are going to do. Last week I had a lady on her knees crying her eyes out because she had no money to buy anything for her kids.

People who have benefited from the food bank have given back by decorating and improving the Salvation Army building.

Food and parcels are taken as far afield as Mexborough and Darfield and they are also providing furniture for families in some cases.

The food bank is open to all and takes place on Mondays at 1pm.

Dearne MP John Healey added: “It is clear that food banks aren’t for the homeless or people with drug and alcohol problems – they are for people who have lost their jobs, are facing benefits delays and cuts or struggling with debt."

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Reply Posted by Moe on Monday December 10 2012 at 15:30
Well you try convincing Cameron about these Issues .... he dosn't answer emails sent to him at Parliment , He's put us back years nearlyback to the WORKHOUSE degrading and disgusting.
He is making the RICH richer And the POOR poorer

Reply Posted by Emface on Monday December 10 2012 at 16:11
Single parents switching from IS to JSA get lost in the system under the new rules that say they must change benefits when the youngest child turns 7 even though the jobcentre fill in the paperwork early and fax it off it still cannot be processed until the childs birthday meaning then parents are stuck with no money for at least 3 weeks. Nice one Mr Cameron

Reply Posted by Jen on Monday December 10 2012 at 18:09
Where can I donate? We are just about keeping our heads above water but I can still help out by buying a couple of extra tins when I go food shopping.

Reply Posted by Hayden Anderson on Tuesday December 11 2012 at 13:33
That's really kind of you Jen,The Salvation Army are always the best people to donate spare food/kids toys/clothes too. they are non profit and really do help and care

Reply Posted by dawn on Wednesday December 12 2012 at 17:24
charity begins at home sorry

Reply Posted by Roy on Wednesday December 12 2012 at 20:42
This is, unfortunately what the government is driving this country to, whilst they sit on their arses and tell us this crap is for the better good!
They say unemployment is down, yes, because they are only counting JSA CLAIMENTS, and the majority of those are thrown off because of new sadistic sanctions.
Even the incapacity claimants that are FORCED to look for work when they are genuinely unfit to do so, then FORCED again to accept JSA or face tough sanctions yet again. This country is pathetic, we're supposed to be proud are we? of what?
The fat cats get fatter and the poor get poorer. Disgusting, and yet taxpayers money is used on crap to supposedly make us proud to be British...step off and join reality!

Reply Posted by Roy on Wednesday December 12 2012 at 20:42
Ooops, sorry, didn't intentionally mean to flood then...

Reply Posted by ang on Thursday December 13 2012 at 10:03
your right what you say roy,my hubby just found fit after 20yrs of illness ,even though hes not,im poorly all the time with various illnesses,all you get when you go to appeal is goverment guidelines say this that another,not taking any evidence into account,or whats the matter with you and make you feel like sumat thats been stamped in on the floor,yet druggies alchies & others that self inflicked still manage to get away with it and play the system.youre right the rich take care of themselves and us poor people get poorer,what with us losing,£40 alrady a week then in april paying bedroom tax,and 20%council tax we ll be over £70 a week worse of struggling now only 1 child and awaiting esa claim being resorted