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Food Bank Sees Busiest Day Yet

Friday May 10 2013

Food bank coordinators Janet Crownshaw and Stephanie Aplin-Wakefield Food bank coordinators Janet Crownshaw and Stephanie Aplin-Wakefield

THE food bank at Gateway Church saw its busiest day last week - and handed out enough food for 64 people.

Janet Crownshaw, food bank's co-ordinator and a church trustee, said the shelves were almost empty after 23 food vouchers were received.

She said it was the busiest day since they opened ten weeks ago.

"There is a broad range of people who come: those who have lost their jobs, that have had their benefits cut, single mums who just don't have enough money to feed their children and elderly people who are struggling.

"Since the 'bedroom tax' came into effect, it's costing people their food.

"Last Thursday the shelves were practically empty apart from a bit of pasta and some little treats and sweets."

The food bank, at the church on Mottram Street, is open every Thursday from 11am to 1pm where people hand over vouchers, previously awarded after an initial interview, in exchange for food which should last for three days.

Janet said most people who attended the food bank were embarrassed at having to admit they couldn't afford food, but were grateful for the help.

"We hope to help everyone in crisis and in ten weeks we've fed 322 people," she added.

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Reply Posted by Julie on Friday May 10 2013 at 14:10
Who provides the food for the church to distribute

Reply Posted by David on Friday May 10 2013 at 19:00
Some of the food is from business sponsors and some is given by public donations. They try to stick to basics to help people get by, pasta, rice, tinned vegetables but if you are struggling then the basics are enough to get you a decent meal.

Reply Posted by les on Sunday May 12 2013 at 08:39
Food banks should be outlawed by common sense..and replaced a an easier way to sue the rent and council tax system
for compensation and its incompetent way of treating people they stop your money for any reason without warning or reason...the council tax will take that long in solving or resolving matters and leave you in debt threaten you with bailiffs and costs for court . even when there wrong
and they are many times . i was for a short time out of work a few years ago and in front of a council rent office witness. i was spoken to like i was a pig on the phone and. The person on the phone said i owed this money and i tried to explain why i didnt. but she was having none of it........the woman who was listening to both sides of the conversation
was disgusted and phoned the main man at then county way.....he looked on computor an said i didnt owe the money....
So what if i didnt have a witness listening in.........most of the people who are in the shit and out of a job will have similar storys. ive heard them...and theres no one to help these are the people who can put you away....

Reply Posted by LES NOT LES on Tuesday May 14 2013 at 18:17
Taxi to the grammar school for Les!

Reply Posted by David on Wednesday May 15 2013 at 18:16
So Les, whilst these people who are desperate enough to have to accept a charitable handout have been stopped by your outlawing of food banks. I assume that the volunteers and their assisting corporate cohorts will be run out of town! we can have these poor people, and their families, starve whilst we wait for the benefits system to have a complete U-turn. I can only assume that if Ian Duncan Smith gets wind of your message on here that it must be imminent. What you are saying is that we shouldn't help others in need be the system has alienated them and cast them aside, just wait for something that will never happen!!

Reply Posted by les on Thursday May 16 2013 at 00:36
Why do people not discuss the topics instead of wasting there pathetic boring lives changing there names and bitching. about commas and full stops. as if your grammer and education is beyond anyone
elses comprehension
and no i didnt use any commas or full stops just to give your bored minds something to do

Reply Posted by Anna Beattie on Sunday May 19 2013 at 15:30
Where do you get vouchers from for this ?

Reply Posted by David on Tuesday May 21 2013 at 08:24
Citizens advice, Berneslai Homes, Connexions, BMBC Homeless Prevention Unit, Christians against Poverty, Gateway Church Pastor, South Yorkshire Credit Union.

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