Caldicot foodbank feeds 700 in first year - a third of whom are children

Foodbank feeds 700 in first year

Foodbank feeds 700 in first year

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CALDICOT Foodbank has helped feed more than 700 people in its first year – a third of whom are children, according to new figures.

The figures come a month after it was revealed the Chepstow Foodbank had helped to feed around 1,500 people in the 18 months since it was first opened.

And now chairman of the Caldicot Foodbank, David Flint, says they are struggling to keep up with demand.

“The numbers have doubled since last June. I attribute this to the last autumn’s changes to the benefit system,” he said.

The Caldicot Foodbank is part of Raven House Trust, a Newport based charity which runs four food banks, and is also supported by Caldicot Churches Together along with churches in Magor, Undy and Caerwent.

Currently they are providing food for around 40 people on average a month, a number which they expect to rise in the autumn . They have fed 352 people since January of this year compared with 254 people from June to December 2013. The figures show April to be the month with the highest number of users for this year so far at 71, of whom 31 were children. In June, 24 people visited the foodbank including 16 children.

Most users are from Caldicot, with some from Undy and Magor. Current donation points include churches, Caldicot’s One-Stop-Shop and the Caldicot Library.

Users are given three vouchers to use during a six month period and are usually referred by organisations such as the job centre or citizens advice.

The foodbank are in need of canned and dried goods UHT milk, coffee, sugar and toilet rolls.

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9:09pm Thu 17 Jul 14

arjwain says...

the way this country acts we have enough food housing and money to take in everyone that hits our shores ..yet we have food banks ?
the way this country acts we have enough food housing and money to take in everyone that hits our shores ..yet we have food banks ? arjwain
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10:59pm Thu 17 Jul 14

BassalegCountyFan says...

Foodbank use triples under tories yet Cameron says 'we're all in this together'
Foodbank use triples under tories yet Cameron says 'we're all in this together' BassalegCountyFan
  • Score: 0

11:00pm Thu 17 Jul 14

-trigg- says...

Well done to everyone involved with this food bank.

Now they can spend more of their benefit money on the real essentials like fags and booze.
Well done to everyone involved with this food bank. Now they can spend more of their benefit money on the real essentials like fags and booze. -trigg-
  • Score: -1

11:31pm Thu 17 Jul 14

jimmysmith says...

-trigg- wrote:
Well done to everyone involved with this food bank.

Now they can spend more of their benefit money on the real essentials like fags and booze.
people are forced to use foodbanks because they receive no benefits you idiot .the government advise benefits centers to stop peoples benefits for no reason with out food centers children etc would go with out .havent you heard idiot the tory government have brain washed fools like you to condemn the sick the elderly and unemployed like lepers . ask your beloved David Davies if this is not so
[quote][p][bold]-trigg-[/bold] wrote: Well done to everyone involved with this food bank. Now they can spend more of their benefit money on the real essentials like fags and booze.[/p][/quote]people are forced to use foodbanks because they receive no benefits you idiot .the government advise benefits centers to stop peoples benefits for no reason with out food centers children etc would go with out .havent you heard idiot the tory government have brain washed fools like you to condemn the sick the elderly and unemployed like lepers . ask your beloved David Davies if this is not so jimmysmith
  • Score: -2

11:33pm Thu 17 Jul 14

jimmysmith says...

BassalegCountyFan wrote:
Foodbank use triples under tories yet Cameron says 'we're all in this together'
camerons a traitor to this country and is finished come next election .
[quote][p][bold]BassalegCountyFan[/bold] wrote: Foodbank use triples under tories yet Cameron says 'we're all in this together'[/p][/quote]camerons a traitor to this country and is finished come next election . jimmysmith
  • Score: -1

11:37pm Thu 17 Jul 14

b3talover says...

-trigg- wrote:
Well done to everyone involved with this food bank.

Now they can spend more of their benefit money on the real essentials like fags and booze.
Yeah huhuhuhuhu and you can keep more of your taxes to buy the Daily Mail huhuhuhuhu... 47% of UK benefit spending goes on state pensions of £74.22bn a year.
[quote][p][bold]-trigg-[/bold] wrote: Well done to everyone involved with this food bank. Now they can spend more of their benefit money on the real essentials like fags and booze.[/p][/quote]Yeah huhuhuhuhu and you can keep more of your taxes to buy the Daily Mail huhuhuhuhu... 47% of UK benefit spending goes on state pensions of £74.22bn a year. b3talover
  • Score: 1

7:25am Fri 18 Jul 14

Robodad says...

jimmysmith wrote:
-trigg- wrote:
Well done to everyone involved with this food bank.

Now they can spend more of their benefit money on the real essentials like fags and booze.
people are forced to use foodbanks because they receive no benefits you idiot .the government advise benefits centers to stop peoples benefits for no reason with out food centers children etc would go with out .havent you heard idiot the tory government have brain washed fools like you to condemn the sick the elderly and unemployed like lepers . ask your beloved David Davies if this is not so
jimmysmith, when you come out with comments like "people are forced to use foodbanks because they receive no benefits you idiot " I know who the real idiot is!
[quote][p][bold]jimmysmith[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]-trigg-[/bold] wrote: Well done to everyone involved with this food bank. Now they can spend more of their benefit money on the real essentials like fags and booze.[/p][/quote]people are forced to use foodbanks because they receive no benefits you idiot .the government advise benefits centers to stop peoples benefits for no reason with out food centers children etc would go with out .havent you heard idiot the tory government have brain washed fools like you to condemn the sick the elderly and unemployed like lepers . ask your beloved David Davies if this is not so[/p][/quote]jimmysmith, when you come out with comments like "people are forced to use foodbanks because they receive no benefits you idiot " I know who the real idiot is! Robodad
  • Score: 4

7:34am Fri 18 Jul 14

-trigg- says...

jimmysmith wrote:
-trigg- wrote:
Well done to everyone involved with this food bank.

Now they can spend more of their benefit money on the real essentials like fags and booze.
people are forced to use foodbanks because they receive no benefits you idiot .the government advise benefits centers to stop peoples benefits for no reason with out food centers children etc would go with out .havent you heard idiot the tory government have brain washed fools like you to condemn the sick the elderly and unemployed like lepers . ask your beloved David Davies if this is not so
Many people have their benefits stopped because they're too lazy to go to the job centre to sign in even once a fortnight to prove that they're actively looking for work or because they have turned down a job that they have been offered.

The welfare system was intended purely as a safety net to temporarily support those who needed it - not a career choice..
[quote][p][bold]jimmysmith[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]-trigg-[/bold] wrote: Well done to everyone involved with this food bank. Now they can spend more of their benefit money on the real essentials like fags and booze.[/p][/quote]people are forced to use foodbanks because they receive no benefits you idiot .the government advise benefits centers to stop peoples benefits for no reason with out food centers children etc would go with out .havent you heard idiot the tory government have brain washed fools like you to condemn the sick the elderly and unemployed like lepers . ask your beloved David Davies if this is not so[/p][/quote]Many people have their benefits stopped because they're too lazy to go to the job centre to sign in even once a fortnight to prove that they're actively looking for work or because they have turned down a job that they have been offered. The welfare system was intended purely as a safety net to temporarily support those who needed it - not a career choice.. -trigg-
  • Score: 4

8:55am Fri 18 Jul 14

Dai Rear says...

b3talover wrote:
-trigg- wrote:
Well done to everyone involved with this food bank.

Now they can spend more of their benefit money on the real essentials like fags and booze.
Yeah huhuhuhuhu and you can keep more of your taxes to buy the Daily Mail huhuhuhuhu... 47% of UK benefit spending goes on state pensions of £74.22bn a year.
But for the majority , state pensions aren't a "benefit", are they? They are a contractual right, arising from making contributions over a period of years. They are not a particularly good deal for people like me who are hit by 40% tax and massive NI contributions but for people like jimmysmith, a neet, they are brill. He can sit it out all his life and do very little still to be sure of dosh in his dotage.
What people mean by "benefits" is what is, in effect, a charitable donation-means tested benefits. And the Labour Party won't be able to wave a magic wand. Their spokesman was Liam Byrne and when he said "sorry the money's all gone", he was not lying.
[quote][p][bold]b3talover[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]-trigg-[/bold] wrote: Well done to everyone involved with this food bank. Now they can spend more of their benefit money on the real essentials like fags and booze.[/p][/quote]Yeah huhuhuhuhu and you can keep more of your taxes to buy the Daily Mail huhuhuhuhu... 47% of UK benefit spending goes on state pensions of £74.22bn a year.[/p][/quote]But for the majority , state pensions aren't a "benefit", are they? They are a contractual right, arising from making contributions over a period of years. They are not a particularly good deal for people like me who are hit by 40% tax and massive NI contributions but for people like jimmysmith, a neet, they are brill. He can sit it out all his life and do very little still to be sure of dosh in his dotage. What people mean by "benefits" is what is, in effect, a charitable donation-means tested benefits. And the Labour Party won't be able to wave a magic wand. Their spokesman was Liam Byrne and when he said "sorry the money's all gone", he was not lying. Dai Rear
  • Score: 0

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