Monmouth foodbank to open in ‘affluent’ town

South Wales Argus: MEETING A NEED: Tony Graham, food bank manager for the Trussell Trust at St Paul’s Church, Newport MEETING A NEED: Tony Graham, food bank manager for the Trussell Trust at St Paul’s Church, Newport

THE fourth foodbank is set to open in Monmouthshire this week, despite it being arguably the most affluent area of Gwent.

Monmouth and District foodbank works by exchanging food vouchers, given to clients by local agencies, for parcels containing dried and tinned foods, which are designed to last three days. It collects food donations from churches, schools and volunteers.

Tony Graham, foodbank network manager for Wales at the Trussell Trust, which provides training and advice to more than 50 foodbanks across the UK, said: “We are aware that there is a need in Monmouth because there is an evident need in similar towns in Wales such as Abergavenny and Chepstow.

“The council’s social workers in these towns have indicated that there was some need in the Monmouth area.”

From April 1, 2013, to date, the Chepstow foodbank has distributed just over nine tonnes of food to 1,152 people, of whom 374 were children.

In Abergavenny, six-and-a-half tonnes were handed out to 890 people, of whom 203 were children. Mr Graham said that while these figures are below average, the branches are very busy.

“There are still pockets of the town and surrounding area that are clearly poorer areas,” he added. “Even in the affluent areas people can find themselves in crisis through being made redundant or those living in rural communities on the minimum wage, it can be a combination of factors.”

Mr Graham was also heavily involved with the establishing of a Newport foodbank in April last year, which has received more than 11 tonnes of food and has fed 786 people during that time.

He added: “We are aware that this is a sensitive issue, politically, but we are very keen to remain apolitical and to avoid our clients becoming stigmatised. Lots of people who are coming to the foodbanks are struggling.”

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9:16am Tue 4 Mar 14

ItsLaterThanYouThink says...

The Government can see no correlation between the increased need for Food Banks and their Benefits Policies, "la la la can't hear you"
The Government can see no correlation between the increased need for Food Banks and their Benefits Policies, "la la la can't hear you" ItsLaterThanYouThink
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11:28am Tue 4 Mar 14

whatintheworld says...

ItsLaterThanYouThink wrote:
The Government can see no correlation between the increased need for Food Banks and their Benefits Policies, "la la la can't hear you"
i wish those down voting you would offer an explanation as to why they think youre wrong.
[quote][p][bold]ItsLaterThanYouThink[/bold] wrote: The Government can see no correlation between the increased need for Food Banks and their Benefits Policies, "la la la can't hear you"[/p][/quote]i wish those down voting you would offer an explanation as to why they think youre wrong. whatintheworld
  • Score: -8

12:16pm Tue 4 Mar 14

BassalegCountyFan says...

More proof that tory government policies are hitting ordinary people hardest - even in the areas they might think are safe tory territory.
Wonder what Mon CC tory councillors have to say about this? Not a lot I expect!
More proof that tory government policies are hitting ordinary people hardest - even in the areas they might think are safe tory territory. Wonder what Mon CC tory councillors have to say about this? Not a lot I expect! BassalegCountyFan
  • Score: -10

12:43pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Llanmartinangel says...

BassalegCountyFan wrote:
More proof that tory government policies are hitting ordinary people hardest - even in the areas they might think are safe tory territory.
Wonder what Mon CC tory councillors have to say about this? Not a lot I expect!
Didn't see Panorama then?
[quote][p][bold]BassalegCountyFan[/bold] wrote: More proof that tory government policies are hitting ordinary people hardest - even in the areas they might think are safe tory territory. Wonder what Mon CC tory councillors have to say about this? Not a lot I expect![/p][/quote]Didn't see Panorama then? Llanmartinangel
  • Score: 5

2:04pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Dai Rear says...

Please, boring lefties, don't trot out all the "Tory blah blah blah" stuff again. Shedloads of cash is spent on welfare . Brown borrowed billions to pay out on welfare because he thought he was buying votes. Anorexia was fashionable: being "gay" was fashionable: amongst certain members of the population blowing yourself and others up is becoming fashionable . Food banks are becoming fashionable. Ever see the news footage of the 20 or so morbidly obese trailer park folk in the US packing their SUV's with food from their local food bank?
I won't bother with this one. Lost my taste for Pot Noodles in the 70's.
Please, boring lefties, don't trot out all the "Tory blah blah blah" stuff again. Shedloads of cash is spent on welfare . Brown borrowed billions to pay out on welfare because he thought he was buying votes. Anorexia was fashionable: being "gay" was fashionable: amongst certain members of the population blowing yourself and others up is becoming fashionable . Food banks are becoming fashionable. Ever see the news footage of the 20 or so morbidly obese trailer park folk in the US packing their SUV's with food from their local food bank? I won't bother with this one. Lost my taste for Pot Noodles in the 70's. Dai Rear
  • Score: 7

2:38pm Tue 4 Mar 14

BassalegCountyFan says...

Dai Rear wrote:
Please, boring lefties, don't trot out all the "Tory blah blah blah" stuff again. Shedloads of cash is spent on welfare . Brown borrowed billions to pay out on welfare because he thought he was buying votes. Anorexia was fashionable: being "gay" was fashionable: amongst certain members of the population blowing yourself and others up is becoming fashionable . Food banks are becoming fashionable. Ever see the news footage of the 20 or so morbidly obese trailer park folk in the US packing their SUV's with food from their local food bank?
I won't bother with this one. Lost my taste for Pot Noodles in the 70's.
Dai Rear, are you seriously suggesting that the growth in foodbanks is because they are 'fashionable'? oh dear...
Nothing to do with the tory benefit cuts which have seen the number of foodbank users treble since they came to power then.
And although I don't usually rise to the right-wing claptrap about welfare (a broad term which also includes the NHS and old age pensions for people who have worked hard all their lives), if you really want to talk about spending on 'welfare' to buy votes, look no further than the tories and their commitment to subsidies for wealthy farmers and landowners http://www.theguardi
an.com/commentisfree
/2014/mar/03/rich-la
ndowners-farmers-wel
fare-nfu-defra
[quote][p][bold]Dai Rear[/bold] wrote: Please, boring lefties, don't trot out all the "Tory blah blah blah" stuff again. Shedloads of cash is spent on welfare . Brown borrowed billions to pay out on welfare because he thought he was buying votes. Anorexia was fashionable: being "gay" was fashionable: amongst certain members of the population blowing yourself and others up is becoming fashionable . Food banks are becoming fashionable. Ever see the news footage of the 20 or so morbidly obese trailer park folk in the US packing their SUV's with food from their local food bank? I won't bother with this one. Lost my taste for Pot Noodles in the 70's.[/p][/quote]Dai Rear, are you seriously suggesting that the growth in foodbanks is because they are 'fashionable'? oh dear... Nothing to do with the tory benefit cuts which have seen the number of foodbank users treble since they came to power then. And although I don't usually rise to the right-wing claptrap about welfare (a broad term which also includes the NHS and old age pensions for people who have worked hard all their lives), if you really want to talk about spending on 'welfare' to buy votes, look no further than the tories and their commitment to subsidies for wealthy farmers and landowners http://www.theguardi an.com/commentisfree /2014/mar/03/rich-la ndowners-farmers-wel fare-nfu-defra BassalegCountyFan
  • Score: -7

2:47pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Llanmartinangel says...

BassalegCountyFan wrote:
Dai Rear wrote:
Please, boring lefties, don't trot out all the "Tory blah blah blah" stuff again. Shedloads of cash is spent on welfare . Brown borrowed billions to pay out on welfare because he thought he was buying votes. Anorexia was fashionable: being "gay" was fashionable: amongst certain members of the population blowing yourself and others up is becoming fashionable . Food banks are becoming fashionable. Ever see the news footage of the 20 or so morbidly obese trailer park folk in the US packing their SUV's with food from their local food bank?
I won't bother with this one. Lost my taste for Pot Noodles in the 70's.
Dai Rear, are you seriously suggesting that the growth in foodbanks is because they are 'fashionable'? oh dear...
Nothing to do with the tory benefit cuts which have seen the number of foodbank users treble since they came to power then.
And although I don't usually rise to the right-wing claptrap about welfare (a broad term which also includes the NHS and old age pensions for people who have worked hard all their lives), if you really want to talk about spending on 'welfare' to buy votes, look no further than the tories and their commitment to subsidies for wealthy farmers and landowners http://www.theguardi

an.com/commentisfree

/2014/mar/03/rich-la

ndowners-farmers-wel

fare-nfu-defra
The evidence from last night's Panorama programme was that benefit cuts were largely irrelevant. Even contributors said that a lot of those queueing had drug and alcohol problems so benefits to them wouldn't be spent on food anyway. People smoking in the queues? The price of one pack of fags could easily pay for a days food. A girl living in a hostel had got pregnant (I wonder why) with no means to support a child. Another ex-addict who admitted that he was the architect of his own problems who finally got a job and a woman who did go and get work to hang onto her house which was bigger than she needed but 'it's where my kids grew up'. Sorry but I don't see why upping benefits would be either just or effective in any of those scenarios.
[quote][p][bold]BassalegCountyFan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dai Rear[/bold] wrote: Please, boring lefties, don't trot out all the "Tory blah blah blah" stuff again. Shedloads of cash is spent on welfare . Brown borrowed billions to pay out on welfare because he thought he was buying votes. Anorexia was fashionable: being "gay" was fashionable: amongst certain members of the population blowing yourself and others up is becoming fashionable . Food banks are becoming fashionable. Ever see the news footage of the 20 or so morbidly obese trailer park folk in the US packing their SUV's with food from their local food bank? I won't bother with this one. Lost my taste for Pot Noodles in the 70's.[/p][/quote]Dai Rear, are you seriously suggesting that the growth in foodbanks is because they are 'fashionable'? oh dear... Nothing to do with the tory benefit cuts which have seen the number of foodbank users treble since they came to power then. And although I don't usually rise to the right-wing claptrap about welfare (a broad term which also includes the NHS and old age pensions for people who have worked hard all their lives), if you really want to talk about spending on 'welfare' to buy votes, look no further than the tories and their commitment to subsidies for wealthy farmers and landowners http://www.theguardi an.com/commentisfree /2014/mar/03/rich-la ndowners-farmers-wel fare-nfu-defra[/p][/quote]The evidence from last night's Panorama programme was that benefit cuts were largely irrelevant. Even contributors said that a lot of those queueing had drug and alcohol problems so benefits to them wouldn't be spent on food anyway. People smoking in the queues? The price of one pack of fags could easily pay for a days food. A girl living in a hostel had got pregnant (I wonder why) with no means to support a child. Another ex-addict who admitted that he was the architect of his own problems who finally got a job and a woman who did go and get work to hang onto her house which was bigger than she needed but 'it's where my kids grew up'. Sorry but I don't see why upping benefits would be either just or effective in any of those scenarios. Llanmartinangel
  • Score: 7

3:53pm Tue 4 Mar 14

whatintheworld says...

Dai Rear wrote:
Please, boring lefties, don't trot out all the "Tory blah blah blah" stuff again. Shedloads of cash is spent on welfare . Brown borrowed billions to pay out on welfare because he thought he was buying votes. Anorexia was fashionable: being "gay" was fashionable: amongst certain members of the population blowing yourself and others up is becoming fashionable . Food banks are becoming fashionable. Ever see the news footage of the 20 or so morbidly obese trailer park folk in the US packing their SUV's with food from their local food bank? I won't bother with this one. Lost my taste for Pot Noodles in the 70's.
that has to be the single most ignorant comment i have had the misfortune of reading on swa.

i wish i could write something a little more colourful, but the moderators would delete it
[quote][p][bold]Dai Rear[/bold] wrote: Please, boring lefties, don't trot out all the "Tory blah blah blah" stuff again. Shedloads of cash is spent on welfare . Brown borrowed billions to pay out on welfare because he thought he was buying votes. Anorexia was fashionable: being "gay" was fashionable: amongst certain members of the population blowing yourself and others up is becoming fashionable . Food banks are becoming fashionable. Ever see the news footage of the 20 or so morbidly obese trailer park folk in the US packing their SUV's with food from their local food bank? I won't bother with this one. Lost my taste for Pot Noodles in the 70's.[/p][/quote]that has to be the single most ignorant comment i have had the misfortune of reading on swa. i wish i could write something a little more colourful, but the moderators would delete it whatintheworld
  • Score: -9

4:32pm Tue 4 Mar 14

GardenVarietyMushroom says...

whatintheworld wrote:
Dai Rear wrote:
Please, boring lefties, don't trot out all the "Tory blah blah blah" stuff again. Shedloads of cash is spent on welfare . Brown borrowed billions to pay out on welfare because he thought he was buying votes. Anorexia was fashionable: being "gay" was fashionable: amongst certain members of the population blowing yourself and others up is becoming fashionable . Food banks are becoming fashionable. Ever see the news footage of the 20 or so morbidly obese trailer park folk in the US packing their SUV's with food from their local food bank? I won't bother with this one. Lost my taste for Pot Noodles in the 70's.
that has to be the single most ignorant comment i have had the misfortune of reading on swa.

i wish i could write something a little more colourful, but the moderators would delete it
Ah, do it anyway. It'll make you feel better and you'll only get a slap on the wrist.
[quote][p][bold]whatintheworld[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dai Rear[/bold] wrote: Please, boring lefties, don't trot out all the "Tory blah blah blah" stuff again. Shedloads of cash is spent on welfare . Brown borrowed billions to pay out on welfare because he thought he was buying votes. Anorexia was fashionable: being "gay" was fashionable: amongst certain members of the population blowing yourself and others up is becoming fashionable . Food banks are becoming fashionable. Ever see the news footage of the 20 or so morbidly obese trailer park folk in the US packing their SUV's with food from their local food bank? I won't bother with this one. Lost my taste for Pot Noodles in the 70's.[/p][/quote]that has to be the single most ignorant comment i have had the misfortune of reading on swa. i wish i could write something a little more colourful, but the moderators would delete it[/p][/quote]Ah, do it anyway. It'll make you feel better and you'll only get a slap on the wrist. GardenVarietyMushroom
  • Score: -4

4:33pm Tue 4 Mar 14

GardenVarietyMushroom says...

Still - it IS funny to hear Tories talking abot 'morality' and such. Seems they haven't lost their touch for sex scandals at least,.
Still - it IS funny to hear Tories talking abot 'morality' and such. Seems they haven't lost their touch for sex scandals at least,. GardenVarietyMushroom
  • Score: -5

4:34pm Tue 4 Mar 14

GardenVarietyMushroom says...

Tory Sleaze is back in business.
Tory Sleaze is back in business. GardenVarietyMushroom
  • Score: -6

5:33pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Dai Rear says...

BassalegCountyFan,Ga
rdenVarietyMushroom , whatintheworld, enjoy your self-righteous frenzy as you munch your Noodles, all 3 of you.
If you really think we don't pay too much tax you clearly inhabit another dimension. And no, welfare isn't that which is received because of contributions, it's that which is demanded by those who don't contribute, oh and some bishops who'd presumably like to be in charge again after 600 years. The only good bishop was Bishop Odo, William the Conqueror's kinsman, who wasn't allowed to carry a sword so whacked people with Gurnos conkers instead. Don't think he worried over much about food banks.
BassalegCountyFan,Ga rdenVarietyMushroom , whatintheworld, enjoy your self-righteous frenzy as you munch your Noodles, all 3 of you. If you really think we don't pay too much tax you clearly inhabit another dimension. And no, welfare isn't that which is received because of contributions, it's that which is demanded by those who don't contribute, oh and some bishops who'd presumably like to be in charge again after 600 years. The only good bishop was Bishop Odo, William the Conqueror's kinsman, who wasn't allowed to carry a sword so whacked people with Gurnos conkers instead. Don't think he worried over much about food banks. Dai Rear
  • Score: 3

7:07pm Tue 4 Mar 14

GardenVarietyMushroom says...

Good grief - I don't eat supernoodles. Do you know what they put in that crap?

We pay far too much tax, you're right. Wanna know what on? Military industrial complex, farm subsidies, private contracts for public services, government consultants, banker bailouts etc... etc...

Once you take old people out of the equation (you get a pension don't you Dai?) then the amount spent on welfare each year is less than the amount that goes unclaimed, that people are entitled to.

And I can afford to be self righteous - I don't support a party that's apparently been covering up for kiddy fiddlers.
Good grief - I don't eat supernoodles. Do you know what they put in that crap? We pay far too much tax, you're right. Wanna know what on? Military industrial complex, farm subsidies, private contracts for public services, government consultants, banker bailouts etc... etc... Once you take old people out of the equation (you get a pension don't you Dai?) then the amount spent on welfare each year is less than the amount that goes unclaimed, that people are entitled to. And I can afford to be self righteous - I don't support a party that's apparently been covering up for kiddy fiddlers. GardenVarietyMushroom
  • Score: -4

10:19pm Tue 4 Mar 14

scraptheWAG says...

ItsLaterThanYouThink wrote:
The Government can see no correlation between the increased need for Food Banks and their Benefits Policies, "la la la can't hear you"
a load of nonsence I know a lot of very wealthy old age pensioners who take the bus because for them its free and yes its their right if you offer someone for nowt there gonna take it and thats human nature
[quote][p][bold]ItsLaterThanYouThink[/bold] wrote: The Government can see no correlation between the increased need for Food Banks and their Benefits Policies, "la la la can't hear you"[/p][/quote]a load of nonsence I know a lot of very wealthy old age pensioners who take the bus because for them its free and yes its their right if you offer someone for nowt there gonna take it and thats human nature scraptheWAG
  • Score: -2

10:35pm Tue 4 Mar 14

scraptheWAG says...

it makes me laugh all these people have a dog , all smoke and have sky many are obese and say they are starving
it makes me laugh all these people have a dog , all smoke and have sky many are obese and say they are starving scraptheWAG
  • Score: -2

8:32am Wed 5 Mar 14

Dai Rear says...

GardenVarietyMushroo
m
wrote:
Good grief - I don't eat supernoodles. Do you know what they put in that crap?

We pay far too much tax, you're right. Wanna know what on? Military industrial complex, farm subsidies, private contracts for public services, government consultants, banker bailouts etc... etc...

Once you take old people out of the equation (you get a pension don't you Dai?) then the amount spent on welfare each year is less than the amount that goes unclaimed, that people are entitled to.

And I can afford to be self righteous - I don't support a party that's apparently been covering up for kiddy fiddlers.
Indeed you don't. You support one whose Deputy Leader wanted to legalize child molestation, but I have to sorrowfully admit I've missed the bit about a UKIP cover up." Military industrial complex," love it. Straight from the beardie lefties from my Uni with bad personal hygiene who used to bleat around Grosvenor Square. Wish we had a military left-apart of course from a grossly bloated MOD." private contracts for public services" oh so right. Public sector clerks are so wonderful aren't they? In point of fact , those who genuinely use food banks do so because of the inefficiency of DWP clerks but in fairness to the clerks who have to put up with a lot of rubbish from the dross they have to deal with, only a minority. Banks? Well as I've said before, if you wanted your nan to lose her savings why not just tell her to give them to the Labour Party? Farm subsidies? Leave the EU, let the state stop the anally retentive meddling in agriculture it's indulged in since 1948 and they're no longer an issue
[quote][p][bold]GardenVarietyMushroo m[/bold] wrote: Good grief - I don't eat supernoodles. Do you know what they put in that crap? We pay far too much tax, you're right. Wanna know what on? Military industrial complex, farm subsidies, private contracts for public services, government consultants, banker bailouts etc... etc... Once you take old people out of the equation (you get a pension don't you Dai?) then the amount spent on welfare each year is less than the amount that goes unclaimed, that people are entitled to. And I can afford to be self righteous - I don't support a party that's apparently been covering up for kiddy fiddlers.[/p][/quote]Indeed you don't. You support one whose Deputy Leader wanted to legalize child molestation, but I have to sorrowfully admit I've missed the bit about a UKIP cover up." Military industrial complex," love it. Straight from the beardie lefties from my Uni with bad personal hygiene who used to bleat around Grosvenor Square. Wish we had a military left-apart of course from a grossly bloated MOD." private contracts for public services" oh so right. Public sector clerks are so wonderful aren't they? In point of fact , those who genuinely use food banks do so because of the inefficiency of DWP clerks but in fairness to the clerks who have to put up with a lot of rubbish from the dross they have to deal with, only a minority. Banks? Well as I've said before, if you wanted your nan to lose her savings why not just tell her to give them to the Labour Party? Farm subsidies? Leave the EU, let the state stop the anally retentive meddling in agriculture it's indulged in since 1948 and they're no longer an issue Dai Rear
  • Score: -1

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