Second food bank fund run in the pipeline as demand increases among Bournemouth families

Bournemouth Echo: CHARITY: The Mayor's Food Bank Fun Run takes place along Boscombe seafront CHARITY: The Mayor's Food Bank Fun Run takes place along Boscombe seafront

A SECOND fun run in aid of Bournemouth’s food banks is being arranged amid a rise in demand.

Last May the first Mayor’s Food Bank Fun Run saw entrants donate food instead of cash before running for 2k, 4k or 8k from Boscombe seafront.

And plans are underway to hold the event again in the light of the Daily Echo’s story about 250 families now needing help in Bournemouth every week.

The mayor, councillor Rod Cooper and deputy mayor, cllr Phil Stanley-Watts, are both looking ahead to this year’s event.

Cllr Cooper said: “I would absolutely like to put my stamp on it. It’s a great shame that the food banks are necessary in this day and age.”

The idea for the fun run originally came from Kinson North cllr Amedeo Angiolini after an injury ruined his plans to run a half-marathon for the same cause.

Families who qualify for food bank parcels are allowed to use the service three times over six months, with each collection lasting around three days.

Cllr Stanley Watts, whose ward is Boscombe West, said: “There’s a family in my ward who had quite a bit of money behind them before, but now need the food bank.

“It can happen to any family, especially if they get into debt.”

Cllr Watts said the fun run is expected to take place in May again this year.

“These food banks are a lifeline and are used by families, often where parents have lost jobs,” he added.

“When I meet families on my ward who have fallen on hard times it brings the problem closer to home.”

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7:05pm Sat 4 Jan 14

politicaltrainspotter says...

Well, well, well. So councillor's Cooper, Stanley-Watts,Angiol
ini all support the run to support food banks.Have you forgot,gentlemen ? It's your party in cahoots with the Fib-Dems who created this.So enjoy the run and next time you see Mr Ellwood and Burns tell them that 'enough is enough' and if they don't listen cross the floor.Come on, i want to see you have any bottle !
Well, well, well. So councillor's Cooper, Stanley-Watts,Angiol ini all support the run to support food banks.Have you forgot,gentlemen ? It's your party in cahoots with the Fib-Dems who created this.So enjoy the run and next time you see Mr Ellwood and Burns tell them that 'enough is enough' and if they don't listen cross the floor.Come on, i want to see you have any bottle ! politicaltrainspotter

9:04pm Sat 4 Jan 14

BIGTONE says...

I bet IDS had a starving Christmas.
I bet IDS had a starving Christmas. BIGTONE

10:51pm Sat 4 Jan 14

Yankee1 says...

Designate certain schools to offer free breakfasts and lunches to those who qualify, including holidays. Schools are the least costly way to provide hot meals to those in need. Get supplies from local supermarkets (stuff at sell-by-date that otherwise end up in the Grundin). That way the kiddies will be fed which, in my view, is our moral responsibility.
Designate certain schools to offer free breakfasts and lunches to those who qualify, including holidays. Schools are the least costly way to provide hot meals to those in need. Get supplies from local supermarkets (stuff at sell-by-date that otherwise end up in the Grundin). That way the kiddies will be fed which, in my view, is our moral responsibility. Yankee1

7:51am Sun 5 Jan 14

BournemouthMum says...

What cam first - the chicken or the egg? In other words, does supply of food from these banks feed and existing demand, or does the demand exist due to their existence? Food banks didn't exist 20 ago before the introduction of tax credits, yet people still managed to feed themselves and their families on minimum wage back then.
What cam first - the chicken or the egg? In other words, does supply of food from these banks feed and existing demand, or does the demand exist due to their existence? Food banks didn't exist 20 ago before the introduction of tax credits, yet people still managed to feed themselves and their families on minimum wage back then. BournemouthMum

12:35pm Sun 5 Jan 14

Redgolfer says...

BournemouthMum wrote:
What cam first - the chicken or the egg? In other words, does supply of food from these banks feed and existing demand, or does the demand exist due to their existence? Food banks didn't exist 20 ago before the introduction of tax credits, yet people still managed to feed themselves and their families on minimum wage back then.
Well done BournemouthMum for stating the truth, Stop Smoking, Stop Drinking alcohol, WORK for a Living and you will not need Food Banks but you know they are going to say ''ITS NOT MY FAULT'' then whose fault is it !!!!
[quote][p][bold]BournemouthMum[/bold] wrote: What cam first - the chicken or the egg? In other words, does supply of food from these banks feed and existing demand, or does the demand exist due to their existence? Food banks didn't exist 20 ago before the introduction of tax credits, yet people still managed to feed themselves and their families on minimum wage back then.[/p][/quote]Well done BournemouthMum for stating the truth, Stop Smoking, Stop Drinking alcohol, WORK for a Living and you will not need Food Banks but you know they are going to say ''ITS NOT MY FAULT'' then whose fault is it !!!! Redgolfer

9:00am Mon 6 Jan 14

justsayithowitis says...

Food banks are not needed. With our generous benefit system families do not need to go without food. If they choose to spend my taxes on the wrong things it is their problem. People on benefits should be given vouchers for food which does not include buying ready meals, sweets, crisps and fizzy drinks. They should not be given money that they can spend anyway they choose then say they can't afford to feed their families. If they want luxuries then work for them. Many people who work full time are much worse off than people on benefits
Food banks are not needed. With our generous benefit system families do not need to go without food. If they choose to spend my taxes on the wrong things it is their problem. People on benefits should be given vouchers for food which does not include buying ready meals, sweets, crisps and fizzy drinks. They should not be given money that they can spend anyway they choose then say they can't afford to feed their families. If they want luxuries then work for them. Many people who work full time are much worse off than people on benefits justsayithowitis

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