Just to reassure Excoriator, as long as they don't ditch the old age pension and my daughter doesn't disown me, I should be safe from the food banks! However, the fact that they are needed at all is something of which those who run this country should be thoroughly ashamed.
Considering food banks are world wide since 1960's, US 1967, France's first in 1984 our first was in 2004, increased with the financial impact in 2008, and rapidly continued in the same direction, I don't see them disappearing anytime soon. Germany and France, just two of many countries, have far more people using them than we do , and it was obviously part of the 'Big Society' that David Cameron promoted.
Volunteers, charities, NGO's, and donations from the public to keep the wheels turning.
That's fine , until it becomes the norm, and when, on Government websites, it advises people who are having difficulty financially to go to a food bank, I find that distasteful in any form. Basically it is assuming the public will continue to feed the people of this country who are suffering, and Government wash their hands of the problem .(the same in Europe)
However, the fact that Venezuelans do not have any spare food to give to charities or food banks is their major problem. It is cheaper for them to use bank notes as toilet paper, than it is to buy a toilet roll. That is the truth.
So are we lucky ,unlucky or over generous in this country ? I do despair when the church's boxes for food banks are filled by senior citizens , who in many ways are finding it harder to support themselves, but that is their decision.
The only way for Government to take responsibility now is for the people to stop giving .