More than 4,000 people got help from Warrington Foodbank in past year

Warrington Guardian: More than 4,000 people got help from Warrington Foodbank in past year More than 4,000 people got help from Warrington Foodbank in past year

THERE were 4,635 people who had to turn to Warrington Foodbank for help in the past year.

That figure includes 1,470 children whose families did not have enough money to buy food for the week.

The figures were part of Warrington Foodbank’s first year in operation with demand for emergency food more than doubling in one year across the nation.

Foodbank manager John Dolan said: “We’re seeing growing numbers turning to Warrington Foodbank for help, which shouldn’t be happening in the seventh richest country in the world.

“But the reality is that life is very difficult for people on low incomes at the moment.

“Increasing numbers are struggling to make ends meet and are hitting a crisis where they have to make choices between paying bills and eating.

“We don’t think anyone should have to go hungry, which is why we’re so grateful for the incredible generosity of local people in donating food, funds and time to stop local hunger.”

The foodbank took on 51 tonnes of food donated from residents, churches and businesses to help fill the shelves of its warehouse.

But the growing demand has seen it already move to a larger base to accommodate the extra food and household goods.

And it now has a team of more than 100 volunteers helping out as the foodbank expanded from one to seven centres since first opening its doors in December 2012.

Mr Dolan added: “Currently over sixty agencies in the borough are referring people to the foodbank and more are applying to partner with us all the time. They include schools, social workers and medical centres. We are now having to consider new applications carefully as we struggle to cope with the demand.”

In a recent survey by The Trussell Trust, who run foodbanks across the country, 83 per cent said increasing benefit sactions had been the cause of the rise in people needing their help.

Warrington Foodbank provides three days’ nutritionally balanced food and support to each person referred to it by a partner agency.

Feedback from people who have used the foodbank include one who said “I would literally have gone without if there wasn’t this to turn to” while another described the foodbank as ‘a true life saver’.

But the need is always there and if you can help fill the foodbank shelves with essential items visit the foodbank warehouse, 9 Tanning Court, WA1 2HF from 4pm to 7pm Monday to Thursdays.

There are lakes of soup and mountains of baked beans, pasta and tea bags but Warrington foodbank is acutely short of these items:

Food

Fruit Juice

UHT Milk, not skimmed milk please

Sponge puddings

Dried mashed potatoes

Tomato ketchup

Jams, not marmalade

Fruit cordial

Rice puddings

Coffee

Non food

Hair shampoo

toothbrushes

Shaving foam

Washing powder

Washing capsules

Washing up liquid

Dried baby milk one, two and three

Nappies size two and three

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12:10pm Tue 22 Apr 14

tojahejome says...

I think food banks are a good and worthwhile thing to help those genuinely in need. However I believe they are open to abuse by what I am sure is a very small minority. I was having a drink the other day and overheard a conversation, where the speaker was saying how she has just got some food from a foodbank. If she needs to use a food bank where does she get the money to spend in the pub
I think food banks are a good and worthwhile thing to help those genuinely in need. However I believe they are open to abuse by what I am sure is a very small minority. I was having a drink the other day and overheard a conversation, where the speaker was saying how she has just got some food from a foodbank. If she needs to use a food bank where does she get the money to spend in the pub tojahejome
  • Score: 19

1:22pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Nick Tessla says...

tojahejome wrote:
I think food banks are a good and worthwhile thing to help those genuinely in need. However I believe they are open to abuse by what I am sure is a very small minority. I was having a drink the other day and overheard a conversation, where the speaker was saying how she has just got some food from a foodbank. If she needs to use a food bank where does she get the money to spend in the pub
Indeed there may be a few who abuse the system - but such an infinitesimally small number compared with the thousands who are forced into using the service, which is a sticking plaster not a solution, by Iain Duncan Smith and the psychopaths in charge of Government policy.

I believe that a reporter for that despicable rag the Daily Mail boasted about how he had managed to secure a food parcel.

He should be prosecuted for fraud.
[quote][p][bold]tojahejome[/bold] wrote: I think food banks are a good and worthwhile thing to help those genuinely in need. However I believe they are open to abuse by what I am sure is a very small minority. I was having a drink the other day and overheard a conversation, where the speaker was saying how she has just got some food from a foodbank. If she needs to use a food bank where does she get the money to spend in the pub[/p][/quote]Indeed there may be a few who abuse the system - but such an infinitesimally small number compared with the thousands who are forced into using the service, which is a sticking plaster not a solution, by Iain Duncan Smith and the psychopaths in charge of Government policy. I believe that a reporter for that despicable rag the Daily Mail boasted about how he had managed to secure a food parcel. He should be prosecuted for fraud. Nick Tessla
  • Score: 0

4:04pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Nick Tessla says...

tojahejome wrote:
I think food banks are a good and worthwhile thing to help those genuinely in need. However I believe they are open to abuse by what I am sure is a very small minority. I was having a drink the other day and overheard a conversation, where the speaker was saying how she has just got some food from a foodbank. If she needs to use a food bank where does she get the money to spend in the pub
I am neither psychic nor was I there to carry out surveillance on this individual - but I suppose a friend could have bought her a drink.
[quote][p][bold]tojahejome[/bold] wrote: I think food banks are a good and worthwhile thing to help those genuinely in need. However I believe they are open to abuse by what I am sure is a very small minority. I was having a drink the other day and overheard a conversation, where the speaker was saying how she has just got some food from a foodbank. If she needs to use a food bank where does she get the money to spend in the pub[/p][/quote]I am neither psychic nor was I there to carry out surveillance on this individual - but I suppose a friend could have bought her a drink. Nick Tessla
  • Score: -9

4:13pm Tue 22 Apr 14

tojahejome says...

Is itn over 4,000 individuals (separate people) or the same people using them more than once
Is itn over 4,000 individuals (separate people) or the same people using them more than once tojahejome
  • Score: 4

4:47pm Tue 22 Apr 14

GRUMPY PARENT says...

tojahejome wrote:
Is itn over 4,000 individuals (separate people) or the same people using them more than once
My Nan took some food to one of these and her friend, who happens to live opposite the food bank, phoned her and said "did you drop food off at the food bank" Nan said "yes why" friend said " after you left a man and women come out with bags of food" Nan said oh right, Friend said " yes they were smoking cigarettes" Nan said "what" friend said "yes they were smoking and then their TAXI arrived" needless to say Nan won't be donating any more. Not in Warrington though this was another town. But either way it is open to abuse but in my humble opinion there should not be a need for these in this country. The Government should be ashamed!
[quote][p][bold]tojahejome[/bold] wrote: Is itn over 4,000 individuals (separate people) or the same people using them more than once[/p][/quote]My Nan took some food to one of these and her friend, who happens to live opposite the food bank, phoned her and said "did you drop food off at the food bank" Nan said "yes why" friend said " after you left a man and women come out with bags of food" Nan said oh right, Friend said " yes they were smoking cigarettes" Nan said "what" friend said "yes they were smoking and then their TAXI arrived" needless to say Nan won't be donating any more. Not in Warrington though this was another town. But either way it is open to abuse but in my humble opinion there should not be a need for these in this country. The Government should be ashamed! GRUMPY PARENT
  • Score: 10

5:16pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Nick Tessla says...

GRUMPY PARENT wrote:
tojahejome wrote:
Is itn over 4,000 individuals (separate people) or the same people using them more than once
My Nan took some food to one of these and her friend, who happens to live opposite the food bank, phoned her and said "did you drop food off at the food bank" Nan said "yes why" friend said " after you left a man and women come out with bags of food" Nan said oh right, Friend said " yes they were smoking cigarettes" Nan said "what" friend said "yes they were smoking and then their TAXI arrived" needless to say Nan won't be donating any more. Not in Warrington though this was another town. But either way it is open to abuse but in my humble opinion there should not be a need for these in this country. The Government should be ashamed!
Smoking - hanging is clearly too good for them!!!!!!!!!!

It would appear that narrow-mindedness and being judgmental runs in the family. Never mind trying to take single incidents and extrapolating them.
[quote][p][bold]GRUMPY PARENT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tojahejome[/bold] wrote: Is itn over 4,000 individuals (separate people) or the same people using them more than once[/p][/quote]My Nan took some food to one of these and her friend, who happens to live opposite the food bank, phoned her and said "did you drop food off at the food bank" Nan said "yes why" friend said " after you left a man and women come out with bags of food" Nan said oh right, Friend said " yes they were smoking cigarettes" Nan said "what" friend said "yes they were smoking and then their TAXI arrived" needless to say Nan won't be donating any more. Not in Warrington though this was another town. But either way it is open to abuse but in my humble opinion there should not be a need for these in this country. The Government should be ashamed![/p][/quote]Smoking - hanging is clearly too good for them!!!!!!!!!! It would appear that narrow-mindedness and being judgmental runs in the family. Never mind trying to take single incidents and extrapolating them. Nick Tessla
  • Score: -12

6:28pm Tue 22 Apr 14

GRUMPY PARENT says...

Nick Tessla wrote:
GRUMPY PARENT wrote:
tojahejome wrote:
Is itn over 4,000 individuals (separate people) or the same people using them more than once
My Nan took some food to one of these and her friend, who happens to live opposite the food bank, phoned her and said "did you drop food off at the food bank" Nan said "yes why" friend said " after you left a man and women come out with bags of food" Nan said oh right, Friend said " yes they were smoking cigarettes" Nan said "what" friend said "yes they were smoking and then their TAXI arrived" needless to say Nan won't be donating any more. Not in Warrington though this was another town. But either way it is open to abuse but in my humble opinion there should not be a need for these in this country. The Government should be ashamed!
Smoking - hanging is clearly too good for them!!!!!!!!!!

It would appear that narrow-mindedness and being judgmental runs in the family. Never mind trying to take single incidents and extrapolating them.
No Nick have you seen how much cigarettes cost I am not on about role ups £7 fags and TAXI fare, hardly in need of food bank if they can afford them are they. Narrow mindedness does not run in my family money does and guess what these scum bags won't be getting anything off us again. What comes first for them the kids food or fags.... mmm let me see obviously fags and too f*****g lazy to walk home so shut TFU Nick you probably don't even part with a penny of your own money only defend the scum who take the p**s, that seems to be an extrapolate of yours.
[quote][p][bold]Nick Tessla[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]GRUMPY PARENT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tojahejome[/bold] wrote: Is itn over 4,000 individuals (separate people) or the same people using them more than once[/p][/quote]My Nan took some food to one of these and her friend, who happens to live opposite the food bank, phoned her and said "did you drop food off at the food bank" Nan said "yes why" friend said " after you left a man and women come out with bags of food" Nan said oh right, Friend said " yes they were smoking cigarettes" Nan said "what" friend said "yes they were smoking and then their TAXI arrived" needless to say Nan won't be donating any more. Not in Warrington though this was another town. But either way it is open to abuse but in my humble opinion there should not be a need for these in this country. The Government should be ashamed![/p][/quote]Smoking - hanging is clearly too good for them!!!!!!!!!! It would appear that narrow-mindedness and being judgmental runs in the family. Never mind trying to take single incidents and extrapolating them.[/p][/quote]No Nick have you seen how much cigarettes cost I am not on about role ups £7 fags and TAXI fare, hardly in need of food bank if they can afford them are they. Narrow mindedness does not run in my family money does and guess what these scum bags won't be getting anything off us again. What comes first for them the kids food or fags.... mmm let me see obviously fags and too f*****g lazy to walk home so shut TFU Nick you probably don't even part with a penny of your own money only defend the scum who take the p**s, that seems to be an extrapolate of yours. GRUMPY PARENT
  • Score: 7

6:58pm Tue 22 Apr 14

PageA says...

GRUMPY PARENT wrote:
Nick Tessla wrote:
GRUMPY PARENT wrote:
tojahejome wrote:
Is itn over 4,000 individuals (separate people) or the same people using them more than once
My Nan took some food to one of these and her friend, who happens to live opposite the food bank, phoned her and said "did you drop food off at the food bank" Nan said "yes why" friend said " after you left a man and women come out with bags of food" Nan said oh right, Friend said " yes they were smoking cigarettes" Nan said "what" friend said "yes they were smoking and then their TAXI arrived" needless to say Nan won't be donating any more. Not in Warrington though this was another town. But either way it is open to abuse but in my humble opinion there should not be a need for these in this country. The Government should be ashamed!
Smoking - hanging is clearly too good for them!!!!!!!!!!

It would appear that narrow-mindedness and being judgmental runs in the family. Never mind trying to take single incidents and extrapolating them.
No Nick have you seen how much cigarettes cost I am not on about role ups £7 fags and TAXI fare, hardly in need of food bank if they can afford them are they. Narrow mindedness does not run in my family money does and guess what these scum bags won't be getting anything off us again. What comes first for them the kids food or fags.... mmm let me see obviously fags and too f*****g lazy to walk home so shut TFU Nick you probably don't even part with a penny of your own money only defend the scum who take the p**s, that seems to be an extrapolate of yours.
Haha! Does anyone else detect the onset of rage mid way through this comment !? You need to relax Grumpy, no need for that kind of talk on here
[quote][p][bold]GRUMPY PARENT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nick Tessla[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]GRUMPY PARENT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tojahejome[/bold] wrote: Is itn over 4,000 individuals (separate people) or the same people using them more than once[/p][/quote]My Nan took some food to one of these and her friend, who happens to live opposite the food bank, phoned her and said "did you drop food off at the food bank" Nan said "yes why" friend said " after you left a man and women come out with bags of food" Nan said oh right, Friend said " yes they were smoking cigarettes" Nan said "what" friend said "yes they were smoking and then their TAXI arrived" needless to say Nan won't be donating any more. Not in Warrington though this was another town. But either way it is open to abuse but in my humble opinion there should not be a need for these in this country. The Government should be ashamed![/p][/quote]Smoking - hanging is clearly too good for them!!!!!!!!!! It would appear that narrow-mindedness and being judgmental runs in the family. Never mind trying to take single incidents and extrapolating them.[/p][/quote]No Nick have you seen how much cigarettes cost I am not on about role ups £7 fags and TAXI fare, hardly in need of food bank if they can afford them are they. Narrow mindedness does not run in my family money does and guess what these scum bags won't be getting anything off us again. What comes first for them the kids food or fags.... mmm let me see obviously fags and too f*****g lazy to walk home so shut TFU Nick you probably don't even part with a penny of your own money only defend the scum who take the p**s, that seems to be an extrapolate of yours.[/p][/quote]Haha! Does anyone else detect the onset of rage mid way through this comment !? You need to relax Grumpy, no need for that kind of talk on here PageA
  • Score: -3

1:11pm Wed 23 Apr 14

Devs1979 says...

I thought food banks can only be used by people who have been referred by a professional ( GP, consultant, councilor etc... )
I thought food banks can only be used by people who have been referred by a professional ( GP, consultant, councilor etc... ) Devs1979
  • Score: 0

3:51pm Wed 23 Apr 14

Geordie1970 says...

Devs1979 wrote:
I thought food banks can only be used by people who have been referred by a professional ( GP, consultant, councilor etc... )
In the main this is true but you'll always get some who will beat the system. You are supposed to be limited to how many you get in a given period of time.
[quote][p][bold]Devs1979[/bold] wrote: I thought food banks can only be used by people who have been referred by a professional ( GP, consultant, councilor etc... )[/p][/quote]In the main this is true but you'll always get some who will beat the system. You are supposed to be limited to how many you get in a given period of time. Geordie1970
  • Score: 2

3:53pm Wed 23 Apr 14

Geordie1970 says...

GRUMPY PARENT wrote:
Nick Tessla wrote:
GRUMPY PARENT wrote:
tojahejome wrote:
Is itn over 4,000 individuals (separate people) or the same people using them more than once
My Nan took some food to one of these and her friend, who happens to live opposite the food bank, phoned her and said "did you drop food off at the food bank" Nan said "yes why" friend said " after you left a man and women come out with bags of food" Nan said oh right, Friend said " yes they were smoking cigarettes" Nan said "what" friend said "yes they were smoking and then their TAXI arrived" needless to say Nan won't be donating any more. Not in Warrington though this was another town. But either way it is open to abuse but in my humble opinion there should not be a need for these in this country. The Government should be ashamed!
Smoking - hanging is clearly too good for them!!!!!!!!!!

It would appear that narrow-mindedness and being judgmental runs in the family. Never mind trying to take single incidents and extrapolating them.
No Nick have you seen how much cigarettes cost I am not on about role ups £7 fags and TAXI fare, hardly in need of food bank if they can afford them are they. Narrow mindedness does not run in my family money does and guess what these scum bags won't be getting anything off us again. What comes first for them the kids food or fags.... mmm let me see obviously fags and too f*****g lazy to walk home so shut TFU Nick you probably don't even part with a penny of your own money only defend the scum who take the p**s, that seems to be an extrapolate of yours.
Rightly or wrongly, if this sort of person had a choice between fags and food, they've probably cut down on food. Bring kids into the situation and it's them that suffer,

People who need food banks are not the enemy here.
[quote][p][bold]GRUMPY PARENT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nick Tessla[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]GRUMPY PARENT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tojahejome[/bold] wrote: Is itn over 4,000 individuals (separate people) or the same people using them more than once[/p][/quote]My Nan took some food to one of these and her friend, who happens to live opposite the food bank, phoned her and said "did you drop food off at the food bank" Nan said "yes why" friend said " after you left a man and women come out with bags of food" Nan said oh right, Friend said " yes they were smoking cigarettes" Nan said "what" friend said "yes they were smoking and then their TAXI arrived" needless to say Nan won't be donating any more. Not in Warrington though this was another town. But either way it is open to abuse but in my humble opinion there should not be a need for these in this country. The Government should be ashamed![/p][/quote]Smoking - hanging is clearly too good for them!!!!!!!!!! It would appear that narrow-mindedness and being judgmental runs in the family. Never mind trying to take single incidents and extrapolating them.[/p][/quote]No Nick have you seen how much cigarettes cost I am not on about role ups £7 fags and TAXI fare, hardly in need of food bank if they can afford them are they. Narrow mindedness does not run in my family money does and guess what these scum bags won't be getting anything off us again. What comes first for them the kids food or fags.... mmm let me see obviously fags and too f*****g lazy to walk home so shut TFU Nick you probably don't even part with a penny of your own money only defend the scum who take the p**s, that seems to be an extrapolate of yours.[/p][/quote]Rightly or wrongly, if this sort of person had a choice between fags and food, they've probably cut down on food. Bring kids into the situation and it's them that suffer, People who need food banks are not the enemy here. Geordie1970
  • Score: -4

7:11pm Wed 23 Apr 14

SAC_in_Warrington says...

tojahejome wrote:
Is itn over 4,000 individuals (separate people) or the same people using them more than once
Good point as this is something that the Warrington food bank is now trying to counteract because there are a significant number of people claiming vouchers from several partners organisations and some in excess of 5-8 in the required time allowed. Disgraceful really.
[quote][p][bold]tojahejome[/bold] wrote: Is itn over 4,000 individuals (separate people) or the same people using them more than once[/p][/quote]Good point as this is something that the Warrington food bank is now trying to counteract because there are a significant number of people claiming vouchers from several partners organisations and some in excess of 5-8 in the required time allowed. Disgraceful really. SAC_in_Warrington
  • Score: 3

9:06pm Wed 23 Apr 14

local man says...

It is exactly as grumpy said, in St Helens people collect food from food bank and pop outside to have a fag while using a smart phone. If you offer free food people will take it and spend on something else. The poorer the area the more fast food shops, more betting shops, tanning shops, dog grooming shops etc. Higher income households spend less on fags, drink and tattoos than lower income households. Nobody has to use a food bank unless they are homeless in this country. They might choose to use it because they have no money left after paying for this months sky+ and night out drinking and BF's weed habit - oh well you get the picture.
It is exactly as grumpy said, in St Helens people collect food from food bank and pop outside to have a fag while using a smart phone. If you offer free food people will take it and spend on something else. The poorer the area the more fast food shops, more betting shops, tanning shops, dog grooming shops etc. Higher income households spend less on fags, drink and tattoos than lower income households. Nobody has to use a food bank unless they are homeless in this country. They might choose to use it because they have no money left after paying for this months sky+ and night out drinking and BF's weed habit - oh well you get the picture. local man
  • Score: 2

9:57am Thu 24 Apr 14

Geordie1970 says...

local man wrote:
It is exactly as grumpy said, in St Helens people collect food from food bank and pop outside to have a fag while using a smart phone. If you offer free food people will take it and spend on something else. The poorer the area the more fast food shops, more betting shops, tanning shops, dog grooming shops etc. Higher income households spend less on fags, drink and tattoos than lower income households. Nobody has to use a food bank unless they are homeless in this country. They might choose to use it because they have no money left after paying for this months sky+ and night out drinking and BF's weed habit - oh well you get the picture.
If you took the time to volunteer at a food bank, you'd realise how wrong you are on this.
[quote][p][bold]local man[/bold] wrote: It is exactly as grumpy said, in St Helens people collect food from food bank and pop outside to have a fag while using a smart phone. If you offer free food people will take it and spend on something else. The poorer the area the more fast food shops, more betting shops, tanning shops, dog grooming shops etc. Higher income households spend less on fags, drink and tattoos than lower income households. Nobody has to use a food bank unless they are homeless in this country. They might choose to use it because they have no money left after paying for this months sky+ and night out drinking and BF's weed habit - oh well you get the picture.[/p][/quote]If you took the time to volunteer at a food bank, you'd realise how wrong you are on this. Geordie1970
  • Score: -1

9:02pm Thu 24 Apr 14

anniep71 says...

I volunteer at this foodbank and have seen people reduced to tears at the fact they are having to use us, alot of these people have donated to us in the past, never thinking it is something they are going to ever need to use. People are embarrassed to be using the foodbank, and often it is only when they are at rockbottom and have no choice that they approach an agency to get a voucher for food, we often have people who turn up that have not eaten for a couple of days and are at their wits end with no=one else to turn to. We are very welcoming, non judgemental and often just someone for the client to talk to.........I hope that some of the previous posters never have to walk in some of our clients shoes, they wouldn't last 2 minutes !!!
I volunteer at this foodbank and have seen people reduced to tears at the fact they are having to use us, alot of these people have donated to us in the past, never thinking it is something they are going to ever need to use. People are embarrassed to be using the foodbank, and often it is only when they are at rockbottom and have no choice that they approach an agency to get a voucher for food, we often have people who turn up that have not eaten for a couple of days and are at their wits end with no=one else to turn to. We are very welcoming, non judgemental and often just someone for the client to talk to.........I hope that some of the previous posters never have to walk in some of our clients shoes, they wouldn't last 2 minutes !!! anniep71
  • Score: 4

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