Over 15000 use Gwent food bank in 2013

South Wales Argus: Food Bank Distribution centre. Christchurch Centre, Newport. Laura Thompson and Alex Mccann getting food together.
 (3105587) Food Bank Distribution centre. Christchurch Centre, Newport. Laura Thompson and Alex Mccann getting food together. (3105587)

FOOD bank use in Gwent has nearly tripled over the last year, with more than 15,000 users, statistics from two major organisations have revealed.

Figures were collected from national charity The Trussell Trust, which has seven food banks operating in the area and The Raven House Trust, another organisation which serves Gwent with outlets at Bettws, Caldicot and Stow Park.

From January to November, 2012, a total of 5,307 service users went to food banks. For the same period in 2013, the total rose to 15,081.

Three new food banks opened in 2013 in Chepstow, Newport and Pontypool.

Jen Taylor, project leader at the Eastern Valley food bank in Pontnewynydd, Pontypool, which opened in January last year and served 3,000 people up to November, said: “We have mixed ages and genders coming – it’s not just benefit claimants, but people on low income and zero hour contracts.

“People realise there is a place to come for help so the demand has grown. Some people haven’t eaten in days and are in a crazy situation by the time they get to us.”

Food banks rely on volunteers at their distribution centres. All food is donated, a large amount through supermarket collections.

Use in Abergavenny this year was triple that of the comparable time before, with around half being children. Kathy Medlicott, manager at the Abergavenny food bank, said: “We’ve seen an increase month by month from about June.

“We are noticing a lot more people coming in who are singles or couples, people who are sofa surfing or have nowhere to live. One of the common things you hear is a change in benefits is leaving them with nothing in the interim.”

Speaking in the House of Commons at the food bank debate on December 18, Jessica Morden MP for Newport East, referred to the increasing figures: “The truth is the proportion of people using food banks as a result of benefit changes is sharply increasing. The government have shamefully altered the form used by Jobcentre Plus staff when referring clients for food parcels by taking off the tick box that records that they are referring them because of benefit changes.

“No wonder the secretary of state can play down the fact benefit changes are driving the increase in demand, he stopped his staff collecting the data that prove it.”

Maggie Smith, trustee and manager of The Ravenhouse Trust, added: “The increase has been phenomenal. It’s staggering and quite scary.”

Figures:

Trussell Trust Totals:

Jan – Nov 2012 = 3016

Jan-Nov 2013 = 9520

Ravenhouse Totals:

Jan – Nov 2012 = 2,291

Jan-Nov 2013 = 5,561

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10:35am Wed 1 Jan 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

The increasing dependence by large swathes of the population on food banks for survival is a damning indictment of the inequities present in society, particularly when one considers that Britain is the sixth wealthiest country in the world.
The increasing dependence by large swathes of the population on food banks for survival is a damning indictment of the inequities present in society, particularly when one considers that Britain is the sixth wealthiest country in the world. Katie Re-Registered

10:37am Wed 1 Jan 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

However, I guess that our tuxedo-clad leaders will be soon to discuss this issue over yet another silver service banquet:)!
However, I guess that our tuxedo-clad leaders will be soon to discuss this issue over yet another silver service banquet:)! Katie Re-Registered

11:09am Wed 1 Jan 14

arjwain says...

and yet people want to move here ,
and yet people want to move here , arjwain

11:19am Wed 1 Jan 14

blackandamber says...

Katie Re-Registered wrote:
The increasing dependence by large swathes of the population on food banks for survival is a damning indictment of the inequities present in society, particularly when one considers that Britain is the sixth wealthiest country in the world.
I'm afraid that's the way of the world it doesn't matter how wealthy a country is there will always be rich and there will always be poor.
[quote][p][bold]Katie Re-Registered[/bold] wrote: The increasing dependence by large swathes of the population on food banks for survival is a damning indictment of the inequities present in society, particularly when one considers that Britain is the sixth wealthiest country in the world.[/p][/quote]I'm afraid that's the way of the world it doesn't matter how wealthy a country is there will always be rich and there will always be poor. blackandamber

2:02pm Wed 1 Jan 14

no cheese says...

I dont want to spark off a huge debate but I wonder how many people uding the food banks are not British? I heard a foreign guy telling a guy at the bus stop that he sends his benefits home and goes to a food bank in newport. I cant help feeling that if the foreign people are sending the money from Britain goverment to benefit the government in another part of the eu, Great Britain will eventually end up the poorer country. My great great great grand children that I shall leave behind could be part of the poorist people if we continue like this. Zero hour contracts should be abolished! With a Zero hour contract there is no hope in a mortgage. Permanent Jobs should not be scrapped for Agency's to take over. Its hard enough to get a mortgage as it is but if the government allow my job to go to agency I wont get my own house at all. I have been saving my deposit for long enough and nearly reached it but if they allow my job to go out to Agency it could be a dream that wont come true. I am 100% sure I am not the only one in this situation. I also understand that there are people that need to use them and think the people running them are doing a good job.
I dont want to spark off a huge debate but I wonder how many people uding the food banks are not British? I heard a foreign guy telling a guy at the bus stop that he sends his benefits home and goes to a food bank in newport. I cant help feeling that if the foreign people are sending the money from Britain goverment to benefit the government in another part of the eu, Great Britain will eventually end up the poorer country. My great great great grand children that I shall leave behind could be part of the poorist people if we continue like this. Zero hour contracts should be abolished! With a Zero hour contract there is no hope in a mortgage. Permanent Jobs should not be scrapped for Agency's to take over. Its hard enough to get a mortgage as it is but if the government allow my job to go to agency I wont get my own house at all. I have been saving my deposit for long enough and nearly reached it but if they allow my job to go out to Agency it could be a dream that wont come true. I am 100% sure I am not the only one in this situation. I also understand that there are people that need to use them and think the people running them are doing a good job. no cheese

4:03pm Wed 1 Jan 14

Jonnytrouble says...

15,000 users,( and rising each year ) well they won't be shopping at Expensive Debenhams if it comes here and with Debenhams sale so poor for this Xmas gone ( as announced ) ,say NO more !
15,000 users,( and rising each year ) well they won't be shopping at Expensive Debenhams if it comes here and with Debenhams sale so poor for this Xmas gone ( as announced ) ,say NO more ! Jonnytrouble

7:48pm Wed 1 Jan 14

welshmen says...

no cheese wrote:
I dont want to spark off a huge debate but I wonder how many people uding the food banks are not British? I heard a foreign guy telling a guy at the bus stop that he sends his benefits home and goes to a food bank in newport. I cant help feeling that if the foreign people are sending the money from Britain goverment to benefit the government in another part of the eu, Great Britain will eventually end up the poorer country. My great great great grand children that I shall leave behind could be part of the poorist people if we continue like this. Zero hour contracts should be abolished! With a Zero hour contract there is no hope in a mortgage. Permanent Jobs should not be scrapped for Agency's to take over. Its hard enough to get a mortgage as it is but if the government allow my job to go to agency I wont get my own house at all. I have been saving my deposit for long enough and nearly reached it but if they allow my job to go out to Agency it could be a dream that wont come true. I am 100% sure I am not the only one in this situation. I also understand that there are people that need to use them and think the people running them are doing a good job.
Change is needed to get back our living standards we once enjoyed, although not massive, our standards were better, Briton needs a change of Government led by the British National Party, British first others wait....past and present Governments have sold this Country to anyone, time for pay back and wealth for Briton....
[quote][p][bold]no cheese[/bold] wrote: I dont want to spark off a huge debate but I wonder how many people uding the food banks are not British? I heard a foreign guy telling a guy at the bus stop that he sends his benefits home and goes to a food bank in newport. I cant help feeling that if the foreign people are sending the money from Britain goverment to benefit the government in another part of the eu, Great Britain will eventually end up the poorer country. My great great great grand children that I shall leave behind could be part of the poorist people if we continue like this. Zero hour contracts should be abolished! With a Zero hour contract there is no hope in a mortgage. Permanent Jobs should not be scrapped for Agency's to take over. Its hard enough to get a mortgage as it is but if the government allow my job to go to agency I wont get my own house at all. I have been saving my deposit for long enough and nearly reached it but if they allow my job to go out to Agency it could be a dream that wont come true. I am 100% sure I am not the only one in this situation. I also understand that there are people that need to use them and think the people running them are doing a good job.[/p][/quote]Change is needed to get back our living standards we once enjoyed, although not massive, our standards were better, Briton needs a change of Government led by the British National Party, British first others wait....past and present Governments have sold this Country to anyone, time for pay back and wealth for Briton.... welshmen

9:49pm Wed 1 Jan 14

shoebury asbo says...

how many of the "bankers" have tobacco addictions and sky tv packages?
how many of the "bankers" have tobacco addictions and sky tv packages? shoebury asbo

8:32am Thu 2 Jan 14

Dai Rear says...

I don't think any of the above. Read again what the man said "People realise there is a place to come for help so the demand has grown"
If a service is provided demand will, mutatis mutandis, increase. Look at the M25. Who'd have seen a need for it in 1950? Now we can't do without it.
I don't think any of the above. Read again what the man said "People realise there is a place to come for help so the demand has grown" If a service is provided demand will, mutatis mutandis, increase. Look at the M25. Who'd have seen a need for it in 1950? Now we can't do without it. Dai Rear

9:17am Thu 2 Jan 14

shoebury asbo says...

Dai Rear wrote:
I don't think any of the above. Read again what the man said "People realise there is a place to come for help so the demand has grown"
If a service is provided demand will, mutatis mutandis, increase. Look at the M25. Who'd have seen a need for it in 1950? Now we can't do without it.
Dai you're a wise man. this is very often simply about mis-allocation of resources because the bankers become dependent on the service.
[quote][p][bold]Dai Rear[/bold] wrote: I don't think any of the above. Read again what the man said "People realise there is a place to come for help so the demand has grown" If a service is provided demand will, mutatis mutandis, increase. Look at the M25. Who'd have seen a need for it in 1950? Now we can't do without it.[/p][/quote]Dai you're a wise man. this is very often simply about mis-allocation of resources because the bankers become dependent on the service. shoebury asbo

1:04pm Thu 2 Jan 14

whatintheworld says...

shoebury asbo wrote:
how many of the "bankers" have tobacco addictions and sky tv packages?
they're on coke and HBO
[quote][p][bold]shoebury asbo[/bold] wrote: how many of the "bankers" have tobacco addictions and sky tv packages?[/p][/quote]they're on coke and HBO whatintheworld

1:43pm Thu 2 Jan 14

BassalegCountyFan says...

Shocking statistics that shame Britain.
Yet the tory front bench were seen sniggering in a debate on food banks, and Ian Duncan Smith seems more interesting in critcizing the Trussell Trust than accepting that his government has played a part in the rising use of food banks.
same old tories...
Shocking statistics that shame Britain. Yet the tory front bench were seen sniggering in a debate on food banks, and Ian Duncan Smith seems more interesting in critcizing the Trussell Trust than accepting that his government has played a part in the rising use of food banks. same old tories... BassalegCountyFan

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