End of term rush set for Caerphilly food banks

South Wales Argus: APPEAL: Reverend Sue Phillips, of the Elim Baptist Church food bank in Pontllanfraith, among those welcoming donations. APPEAL: Reverend Sue Phillips, of the Elim Baptist Church food bank in Pontllanfraith, among those welcoming donations.

FOOD banks across Caerphilly county borough are urging people to donate emergency meals to feed struggling families with the summer holidays fast approaching.

Parents whose children receive free school lunches in term time are among those struggling the most, as they now have to find an extra meal every day.

Food banks across the borough are being inundated with requests for emergency meals, with calls for schools, churches, businesses and residents in the area to share some community goodwill and make a donation to their local food bank.

During the past year the number of people using food banks in Wales has tripled. Caerphilly county borough’s volunteer-run food banks serving Blackwood, Risca and New Tredegar, along with the Bridging the Gap initiative in Caerphilly, are all welcoming donations, as is the Elim Baptist Church in Pontllanfraith

Ken James, Caerphilly council cabinet member for Regeneration, Sustainable Development and Planning, said: “Unfortunately we are seeing an increased need for food banks as residents struggle in this tough economic climate.

“Resources like food banks provide a lifeline for struggling families, and I hope residents are able to support them wherever possible.”

To aid those in need, Caerphilly council’s Town Centre Management team has worked with UK food bank co-ordinators The Trussell Trust to facilitate partnerships between local supermarkets and nearby food banks.

Tony Graham, Wales’ food bank network manager for The Trussell Trust, said: “The Trussell Trust is grateful for the support people living in Caerphilly county borough already give to our food banks. Without the support of individuals, we would not be able to feed the many thousands of people we do. We are also grateful for the encouragement and cooperation from the council.”

For details on local food banks, visit trusselltrust.co.uk or contact Andrew Highway on 01443 866213.

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6:45am Tue 6 May 14

Dai Rear says...

Britain now officially starving-apparently. But giving £10,000,000,000 to corrupt foreign dictatorships in "overseas aid". Well, Lewis Carroll couldn't have made it up.
Britain now officially starving-apparently. But giving £10,000,000,000 to corrupt foreign dictatorships in "overseas aid". Well, Lewis Carroll couldn't have made it up. Dai Rear
  • Score: 11

8:21am Tue 6 May 14

Floppy backed says...

Dai Rear wrote:
Britain now officially starving-apparently. But giving £10,000,000,000 to corrupt foreign dictatorships in "overseas aid". Well, Lewis Carroll couldn't have made it up.
Really, starving? talk about exaggeration - if people are going hungry then why cant they cook from scratch - liver, heart - cheap cuts of meat? all parts of animals that people throw out but they'd rather eat pot noodle or cake products.There are poor people all around the world that eat lentils based foods with plenty of veg, eggs etc but no high carb convenience foods.

Someone who is starving would also be malnourished, would be thin and not have the obesity problem in children.

As many agree you cant be poor and have a mobile phone, smoke, drink alcohol, drink pops and not shop at charity shops.

A relative of mine works in a school in what is called a deprived area yet at Christmas they have i-pads, the parents drink alcohol, they are not deprived in any form. People chose to spend their money and due to poor education cannot make priorities.

I know many people who receive extremely generous tax credits and all the other allowances tax free and are in essence better off than many middle income families who work all the hours, pay taxes but struggle to make ends meet while bringing up their children in a positive way.

I do not think food banks bring a positive answer at all it makes more reliance for those who cannot make the right decisions. There is adequate support from the state and learning skills such as cooking or financial management would be much better.

There are jobs out there too, but sadly there are people who are unemployable or need to re-train, or travel to find work. Obviously there are real genuine people who slip through the net, those with special needs, infirm, mental problems etc - but these are the only ones who should be receiving charity help.
[quote][p][bold]Dai Rear[/bold] wrote: Britain now officially starving-apparently. But giving £10,000,000,000 to corrupt foreign dictatorships in "overseas aid". Well, Lewis Carroll couldn't have made it up.[/p][/quote]Really, starving? talk about exaggeration - if people are going hungry then why cant they cook from scratch - liver, heart - cheap cuts of meat? all parts of animals that people throw out but they'd rather eat pot noodle or cake products.There are poor people all around the world that eat lentils based foods with plenty of veg, eggs etc but no high carb convenience foods. Someone who is starving would also be malnourished, would be thin and not have the obesity problem in children. As many agree you cant be poor and have a mobile phone, smoke, drink alcohol, drink pops and not shop at charity shops. A relative of mine works in a school in what is called a deprived area yet at Christmas they have i-pads, the parents drink alcohol, they are not deprived in any form. People chose to spend their money and due to poor education cannot make priorities. I know many people who receive extremely generous tax credits and all the other allowances tax free and are in essence better off than many middle income families who work all the hours, pay taxes but struggle to make ends meet while bringing up their children in a positive way. I do not think food banks bring a positive answer at all it makes more reliance for those who cannot make the right decisions. There is adequate support from the state and learning skills such as cooking or financial management would be much better. There are jobs out there too, but sadly there are people who are unemployable or need to re-train, or travel to find work. Obviously there are real genuine people who slip through the net, those with special needs, infirm, mental problems etc - but these are the only ones who should be receiving charity help. Floppy backed
  • Score: 15

11:23am Tue 6 May 14

coalpicker says...

Floppy backed wrote:
Dai Rear wrote:
Britain now officially starving-apparently. But giving £10,000,000,000 to corrupt foreign dictatorships in "overseas aid". Well, Lewis Carroll couldn't have made it up.
Really, starving? talk about exaggeration - if people are going hungry then why cant they cook from scratch - liver, heart - cheap cuts of meat? all parts of animals that people throw out but they'd rather eat pot noodle or cake products.There are poor people all around the world that eat lentils based foods with plenty of veg, eggs etc but no high carb convenience foods.

Someone who is starving would also be malnourished, would be thin and not have the obesity problem in children.

As many agree you cant be poor and have a mobile phone, smoke, drink alcohol, drink pops and not shop at charity shops.

A relative of mine works in a school in what is called a deprived area yet at Christmas they have i-pads, the parents drink alcohol, they are not deprived in any form. People chose to spend their money and due to poor education cannot make priorities.

I know many people who receive extremely generous tax credits and all the other allowances tax free and are in essence better off than many middle income families who work all the hours, pay taxes but struggle to make ends meet while bringing up their children in a positive way.

I do not think food banks bring a positive answer at all it makes more reliance for those who cannot make the right decisions. There is adequate support from the state and learning skills such as cooking or financial management would be much better.

There are jobs out there too, but sadly there are people who are unemployable or need to re-train, or travel to find work. Obviously there are real genuine people who slip through the net, those with special needs, infirm, mental problems etc - but these are the only ones who should be receiving charity help.
I do believe Floppy Back is using the same argument that British politicians used at the time Irish people were starving to death while English land lords were increasing rent throwing people out of their accommodation and exporting all types of food while people died like fly's around them . Not being in that position just yet but things are in place to arrive. Millions out of work immigration driving down wages, food banks benefits being squeezed, bedroom tax ,Education in free fall NHS a disgrace foreign millionaires and companies buying up the country. MP's more interested in their expenses and same sex marriage than the Nation . Kill thousands of people get to the UK buy a cat and you are safe from retribution, Sharia law being practiced alongside British,I believe we are sailing on a sinking ship how long it takes to be totally submerged is any ones guess.
[quote][p][bold]Floppy backed[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dai Rear[/bold] wrote: Britain now officially starving-apparently. But giving £10,000,000,000 to corrupt foreign dictatorships in "overseas aid". Well, Lewis Carroll couldn't have made it up.[/p][/quote]Really, starving? talk about exaggeration - if people are going hungry then why cant they cook from scratch - liver, heart - cheap cuts of meat? all parts of animals that people throw out but they'd rather eat pot noodle or cake products.There are poor people all around the world that eat lentils based foods with plenty of veg, eggs etc but no high carb convenience foods. Someone who is starving would also be malnourished, would be thin and not have the obesity problem in children. As many agree you cant be poor and have a mobile phone, smoke, drink alcohol, drink pops and not shop at charity shops. A relative of mine works in a school in what is called a deprived area yet at Christmas they have i-pads, the parents drink alcohol, they are not deprived in any form. People chose to spend their money and due to poor education cannot make priorities. I know many people who receive extremely generous tax credits and all the other allowances tax free and are in essence better off than many middle income families who work all the hours, pay taxes but struggle to make ends meet while bringing up their children in a positive way. I do not think food banks bring a positive answer at all it makes more reliance for those who cannot make the right decisions. There is adequate support from the state and learning skills such as cooking or financial management would be much better. There are jobs out there too, but sadly there are people who are unemployable or need to re-train, or travel to find work. Obviously there are real genuine people who slip through the net, those with special needs, infirm, mental problems etc - but these are the only ones who should be receiving charity help.[/p][/quote]I do believe Floppy Back is using the same argument that British politicians used at the time Irish people were starving to death while English land lords were increasing rent throwing people out of their accommodation and exporting all types of food while people died like fly's around them . Not being in that position just yet but things are in place to arrive. Millions out of work immigration driving down wages, food banks benefits being squeezed, bedroom tax ,Education in free fall NHS a disgrace foreign millionaires and companies buying up the country. MP's more interested in their expenses and same sex marriage than the Nation . Kill thousands of people get to the UK buy a cat and you are safe from retribution, Sharia law being practiced alongside British,I believe we are sailing on a sinking ship how long it takes to be totally submerged is any ones guess. coalpicker
  • Score: 1

3:22pm Tue 6 May 14

-trigg- says...

If these food banks weren't available I'm sure the "parents" would still manage to feed their children. Of course they may have to cut back on the cigarettes and alcohol, maybe stop wasting money on the lottery and stop visiting the local takeaway.

I wonder how many of these households have a huge flat screen TV,sky sports, the latest model mobile phone and an xbox/playstation? We used to be taught to live within our means. These days it seems people are taught there will always be someone else around to pick up the bill.
If these food banks weren't available I'm sure the "parents" would still manage to feed their children. Of course they may have to cut back on the cigarettes and alcohol, maybe stop wasting money on the lottery and stop visiting the local takeaway. I wonder how many of these households have a huge flat screen TV,sky sports, the latest model mobile phone and an xbox/playstation? We used to be taught to live within our means. These days it seems people are taught there will always be someone else around to pick up the bill. -trigg-
  • Score: 2

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