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Town's Second Food Bank Opens Its Doors

Friday October 4 2013




BARNSLEY'S second food bank has opened in Cudworth, offering a helping hand to those struggling to make ends meet.

Based at Cudworth Library, it provides simple food parcels containing things like tinned meat, fruit, cereals and pasta to people who have been given a voucher from referring organisations and individuals such as local councillors, schools, health workers and Berneslai Homes.

Both Fr David Nicholson of St John The Baptist Church and Cudworth councillor Joe Hayward have been involved in starting up the programme.

Cllr Hayward said a few people visited on its opening day but he's expecting more people to attend once it becomes established.

Barnsley East MP Michael Dugher also came along for the opening.

Sam Hearne, 38, came to the food bank with his one-year-old daughter, Ellie.

He said he has three daughters, two of whom stay with him, three or four days a week.

As he lives in a two-bedroom flat in Cudworth, he says he has to pay the 'bedroom tax' for his spare bedroom.

He receives about £70 in benefits per week but has only £30 a week left to pay for things such as food, bus and train fares.

He said he was 'a bit embarrassed' to come to the food bank and his 'pride was dented' but it was important to help feed his family.

"It's OK spending thousands on parks and making things look nice but it's no good if kids are hungry," he said.

Michael Dugher said: "David Cameron’s legacy in Barnsley is the sight of people having to queue up in Cudworth with their small children for tins of beans and powdered milk. I am angry about that - and you should be too."

Donations to the food bank can be made at Grimethorpe Asda, Shafton ALC, as well as Cudworth shops and Cudworth primary schools.

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Reply Posted by Ackerman on Friday October 4 2013 at 14:14
This is disgusting

"It was Mr Dugher who claimed the least amount with £11,521.61 for constituency office spend, £11,965.06 on accommodation, £6,168.80 for travel and subsistence, £1,652.43 under 'staffing spend' and £767 'miscellaneous' claim - totalling £32,074.90."

I cant see dugher having to queue up for beans and powdered milk. The UK should be ashamed of its self, stop sending cash abroad kick all illegal immigrants out, Then the UK could provide for its children, MPS stop RIPPING us off with your dodgy expense claims YOU included Dugher. Stop wasting money left right and centre i am so angry its hard to put into words

Reply Posted by STEVO on Friday October 4 2013 at 18:40
Ahh "duggy" Dugher the "career Gravy Trainer" , I agree with the large majority of your post Ackerman but more importantly :

WHY ON EARTH DO THE PEOPLE OF OUR TOWN VOTE THESE LABOUR IDIOTS IN YEAR AFTER YEAR?

THEY HAVE DONE NOTHING, REPEAT NOTHING FOR OUR ONCE PROUD TOWN.

WHY NOT SHOW YOUR DISPLEASURE WITH THESE MP'S THAT WE PAY HANDSOMELY TO SERVE US AND KICK THEM OUT AT THE NEXT ROUND OF ELECTIONS!

Reply Posted by mick conway on Sunday October 6 2013 at 16:29
Chuck us some snap in that box,im going to open a corner shop.

Reply Posted by moaning mickey on Friday October 4 2013 at 18:39
Couldn't have put it better my self welll ses

Reply Posted by Swifty on Friday October 4 2013 at 21:12
Charity begins at home. Dugher a MP but Wombwell LOCAL councillor Dick Wraith claimed just short of £30k in his role.

STEVO your 100% right these greedy BAR Stewards have to go LABOUR in Barnsley should not read free cash and brown envelopes for the few.

Reply Posted by believer of Bob on Friday October 4 2013 at 21:27
iv never voted in my life for reason but i have considered it time to get them out !

Reply Posted by Swifty on Friday October 4 2013 at 21:47
People need to change there attitudes to Voting I believe if you have. national insurence number you should vote compulsory.

Them that does not have a National Insurence Number should be deported.

Reply Posted by julie on Sunday October 6 2013 at 08:22
Why bother voting - the powers that be already know the outcome of the next general election - we sheep are conditioned to believe anything they tell us - life is not what it seems, just what THEY want us to believe!!

Reply Posted by Flapper on Sunday October 6 2013 at 16:30
Only fat bastards need apply.

Reply Posted by col on Sunday October 6 2013 at 17:34
WeLL sAId StEVo. LiKE yOUr OvERuSe ofF capITAl letTErs foR empHAsiS. HOW angry ARE yoU?

Reply Posted by STEVO on Monday October 7 2013 at 12:21
Very angry Col, very angry that people in Barnsley continue to vote these Labour idiots time after time when they have done absolutely nothing for our once great town.

Reply Posted by Pete on Monday October 7 2013 at 09:52
Kick them out? who do think will replace them? It will be more of the same. Where do the Councillors find £30000.00 + to spend in the first place? Expenses My A.