New Boscombe foodbank will be 'life-saver' for families

Bournemouth Echo: TOUGH TIMES: Volunteer Carol Sayers stacks shelves TOUGH TIMES: Volunteer Carol Sayers stacks shelves

A NEW foodbank will be launched in the heart of Boscombe next week to ensure families and young children in desperate need do not go hungry.

The volunteer-led distribution centre at St George’s Church will act as a lifeline for families who are struggling to put food on the table.

Donations will still be received at the main centre in Charminster, but food parcels will now also be handed out at the new Trussell Trust Foodbank centre on Portman Road.

Reverend Sue Gowling, who will be heading up the new foodbank, said: “It is a real celebration that we are opening for business and serving the community. We will be acting as a satellite for the main centre in Charminster, but it is a really positive move that we are expanding.

“People can come and use the foodbank as long as they have a voucher.”

The Trussell Trust has announced that the number of people using its 400 foodbanks nationally had trebled over the previous six months to 350,000, compared with the same period last year.

Debbie Bramley, who runs Bournemouth Foodbank in Charminster, said they are currently feeding around 250 families a week and demand continues to increase.

Each family is only allowed to use the service three times over six months, and a food parcel only lasts about three days. Foodbank assistant Rebecca Lent said: “It will be a real life-saver for people who have nothing. We will initially be starting out small, but hopefully we will grow.

“The more people we can bless with food the better.”

The new foodbank will launched on February 4 and it will be open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12.30pm to 2.30pm.

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1:25pm Fri 31 Jan 14

justsayithowitis says...

I don't understand how people can afford to feed themselves for 6 months minus 9 days
I don't understand how people can afford to feed themselves for 6 months minus 9 days justsayithowitis

1:46pm Fri 31 Jan 14

simcal says...

If they are waiting for the benefits to be sorted or there was a **** up over them then the food bank could mean the dirrence between the children eating or not.
If they are waiting for the benefits to be sorted or there was a **** up over them then the food bank could mean the dirrence between the children eating or not. simcal

2:23pm Fri 31 Jan 14

djd says...

justsayithowitis wrote:
I don't understand how people can afford to feed themselves for 6 months minus 9 days
The Foodbank is not intended as a means to obtain food forever more. It is there as a stopgap for people who find themselves in unexpected difficulties, e.g. Redundancy, benefits change,etc.,
Stands to reason that if the Foodbank are to help as many people as possible, then access should be restricted.
[quote][p][bold]justsayithowitis[/bold] wrote: I don't understand how people can afford to feed themselves for 6 months minus 9 days[/p][/quote]The Foodbank is not intended as a means to obtain food forever more. It is there as a stopgap for people who find themselves in unexpected difficulties, e.g. Redundancy, benefits change,etc., Stands to reason that if the Foodbank are to help as many people as possible, then access should be restricted. djd

2:39pm Fri 31 Jan 14

BournemouthMum says...

All I will say is I hope the RIGHT people get access to the food. By that I mean those who are genuinely in need through now fault of their own.
All I will say is I hope the RIGHT people get access to the food. By that I mean those who are genuinely in need through now fault of their own. BournemouthMum

4:56pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Rabbitman64 says...

It appears to be the only booming & sustainable industry in Tory Britain!
It appears to be the only booming & sustainable industry in Tory Britain! Rabbitman64

8:48pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Wageslave says...

There are 1000's of people all over the world trying to get into England because of the generous benefits. If you do not have a drug, drink or gambling problem it is enough to live (without luxuries)
There are 1000's of people all over the world trying to get into England because of the generous benefits. If you do not have a drug, drink or gambling problem it is enough to live (without luxuries) Wageslave

9:18pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Old Colonial says...

Is the reality here that families are in such a low income position prior to a crisis that they cannot afford to occasionally by additional food for storage? Say a minimum of 3 days worth, which is the limit from the food banks.
Is the reality here that families are in such a low income position prior to a crisis that they cannot afford to occasionally by additional food for storage? Say a minimum of 3 days worth, which is the limit from the food banks. Old Colonial

11:38pm Fri 31 Jan 14

whataboutthat says...

Wageslave wrote:
There are 1000's of people all over the world trying to get into England because of the generous benefits. If you do not have a drug, drink or gambling problem it is enough to live (without luxuries)
No it isn't - it's a slow and painful way to absolute hell. Hence food banks - a sorry sign of the times. Never mind let's all ahve a good shop at Castlepoint on credit cards...future debt d=future eff up.
[quote][p][bold]Wageslave[/bold] wrote: There are 1000's of people all over the world trying to get into England because of the generous benefits. If you do not have a drug, drink or gambling problem it is enough to live (without luxuries)[/p][/quote]No it isn't - it's a slow and painful way to absolute hell. Hence food banks - a sorry sign of the times. Never mind let's all ahve a good shop at Castlepoint on credit cards...future debt d=future eff up. whataboutthat

9:43am Sat 1 Feb 14

justsayithowitis says...

BournemouthMum wrote:
All I will say is I hope the RIGHT people get access to the food. By that I mean those who are genuinely in need through now fault of their own.
Seems lots of people disagree with you. Maybe all those on benefits who think taxpayers should pay for them to smoke and drink and food banks should be there to feed their children . I am ready for people on benefits who smoke and drink to give me the thumbs down
[quote][p][bold]BournemouthMum[/bold] wrote: All I will say is I hope the RIGHT people get access to the food. By that I mean those who are genuinely in need through now fault of their own.[/p][/quote]Seems lots of people disagree with you. Maybe all those on benefits who think taxpayers should pay for them to smoke and drink and food banks should be there to feed their children . I am ready for people on benefits who smoke and drink to give me the thumbs down justsayithowitis

12:31am Sun 2 Feb 14

s-pb2 says...

justsayithowitis wrote:
BournemouthMum wrote:
All I will say is I hope the RIGHT people get access to the food. By that I mean those who are genuinely in need through now fault of their own.
Seems lots of people disagree with you. Maybe all those on benefits who think taxpayers should pay for them to smoke and drink and food banks should be there to feed their children . I am ready for people on benefits who smoke and drink to give me the thumbs down
I gave you the thumbs down because you talk absolute rubbish. There are plenty out there who will be using food banks who do not smoke or drink, 1 or 2 I have known. I even know 1 or 2 people who have been in full time employment using them. I, myself have been in a position, that once the rent, council tax, electric bills, water etc has been paid have only had £10 to spend on food for the week, and I had a job and wasnt on benefits. Fortunately I only had to look after myself. People like me though arent going to make headlines in the Echo, Daily Mail or ITV News they would rather portray the family on benefits with 7 kids and iPads as being typical, making people like you gullibly believe that everyone is like that
[quote][p][bold]justsayithowitis[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BournemouthMum[/bold] wrote: All I will say is I hope the RIGHT people get access to the food. By that I mean those who are genuinely in need through now fault of their own.[/p][/quote]Seems lots of people disagree with you. Maybe all those on benefits who think taxpayers should pay for them to smoke and drink and food banks should be there to feed their children . I am ready for people on benefits who smoke and drink to give me the thumbs down[/p][/quote]I gave you the thumbs down because you talk absolute rubbish. There are plenty out there who will be using food banks who do not smoke or drink, 1 or 2 I have known. I even know 1 or 2 people who have been in full time employment using them. I, myself have been in a position, that once the rent, council tax, electric bills, water etc has been paid have only had £10 to spend on food for the week, and I had a job and wasnt on benefits. Fortunately I only had to look after myself. People like me though arent going to make headlines in the Echo, Daily Mail or ITV News they would rather portray the family on benefits with 7 kids and iPads as being typical, making people like you gullibly believe that everyone is like that s-pb2

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