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#747662 - 4th Dec 2012 12:50am food banks
TINSLEY Offline
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i think we should try our hardest to give a little something if we can to the food banks. These are local people who are struggling and often working doing thier very best to feed a family in hard times. Spare a thought for them and just chuck and extra tin of something in your trolly for the food bank. Having said that I think supermarkets could help out a bit aswell. we are good people in this country and its time to also look out for our own.

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#747670 - 4th Dec 2012 6:59am Re: food banks [Re: TINSLEY]
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I only found out about Food Banks a short time ago. Given a leaflet on the way into the local Co-oP. For once, I read it whilst cruising the shelves. Bought a couple of extra tins of soup, pasta etc and handed them in. I got to think about this method. It's a great scheme imho. With other various charities, the "suits" at the top cream off 20% or more of the cash you give. (Admin.) It's pretty difficult to drain every can of whatever of 20% or more of its contents. The end user gets 100% of what me and thee donate. Simples!

By chance, I found out last night that my nearest neighbour (allbeit a mile away) is a volunteer at one of the Food Bank distrubution points in the town. NO paid staff at all. It turns out I know quite a few folk who just quietly go and help for a few hours every week. They say nowt about it - just get on with helping out. Someone said in another thread about this "There for the Grace.... etc". FAZACKERLEY !

Another thing learned last night too.... several supermarkets within the district donate loads of stuff to the bank. Again, volunteers use their own cars/vans at their own expence to uplift trolley loads of stuff from the supermarkets. There is a system in place to allocate food to those in real need - as opposed to those whose who have blown their Giro on booze, fags etc.

Ain't going to stick my nose into the politics of why Food Banks are needed in the UK in the 21st century, or them being akin to the Soup Kitchens of the 1930's etc. I'm sure others will dive in on that one !

Sorry for the drawn out post folks. I just thought it's one of the better things to think about whilst we are stuffing the freezer/larder full of noshables for Christmas.

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#747693 - 4th Dec 2012 9:34am Re: food banks [Re: TINSLEY]
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i agree in principle BUT there was a programme on bbc1 not too long ago about ppl who use SORRY ABUSE these services, and actually cease to buy their own shopping as they rely on places like these too much.
Services such as food banks are a fab idea and really help ppl in need, but as with everything in life you get the rotten few who spoil it for the rest.

take the flooding in st asaph last week, my father lost everything in his wooden bungalow due to flood water/damage there have been lovely kind souls collecting food and handing out parcels of the basics which has been very greatly received by all in need, but guess what.........the lowlifes have crawled outta their hiding places (prob crack dens) claiming they too have been affected by flooding when in fact they havent thus ruining the "idea" behind the whole scheme.

keep up with the fab work you are doin but also check out the validity of the ppl you are helping. times are hard for us all these days and if i do help such causes then i would HOPE that my donations are goin to the genuinely needy and helpless.

poker

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#747694 - 4th Dec 2012 9:34am Re: food banks [Re: TINSLEY]
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Well said that man. :-)

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#747712 - 4th Dec 2012 10:57am Re: food banks [Re: TINSLEY]
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The program did show the abuse of foodbanks but on the whole they do good, they do more than our welfare system can ever do. There is abuse in everything relating to charity, there is always going to be that element of society that will take advantage no matter what.

Food Banks are amazing, I contacted them recently a number of times to offer my services and have never received a reply unfortunately. I would really have loved to offer my support to collect food when they recently had a big collection event at Tescos. As it stands there are loads around, Tony Snell did a report each morning on Radio Merseyside about the various food banks in our region. Very humbling.

Without waiting for collections I am sure food can be dropped off to any of the food banks, it would be so easy just to pick up a few things extra with your weekly shop, no one would mind spending an extra pound, thats all it will take to help.

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#747725 - 4th Dec 2012 1:07pm Re: food banks [Re: TINSLEY]
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@Pokerchamp.
Really sorry to hear about your family and the results of the terrible flooding last week. I have been in touch with some family members from that area and the 'News' in general does not really manage to explain the true heartbreak. It is only now, I think that people are just realising what the devastating effects are. Fortunately, I believe there are many in that area who so willingly give, in so many ways, and I am sure the community will help as much as they possibly can.

Foodbanks are just another way, and 'by gum', doesn't it make you feel good to have given. Basically we have within us a natural desire to help where and when we are needed, which to my mind, pulls everyone together for the good. We couldn't live without each other, could we?
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#747753 - 4th Dec 2012 3:02pm Re: food banks [Re: TINSLEY]
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i watched a report about the one in Tranmere on the News last week and once you qualify your allowed to claim 3 days worth of food 3 times a year!
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#747806 - 4th Dec 2012 6:26pm Re: food banks [Re: TINSLEY]
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BnM 2lt milk 89p
BnM Bread 89p
iceland burgers 20 for£2
iceland sausages 20 for £2
iceland fishfingers 40for £2
poundland for teabags and bacon

so if you shop around you can do a weeks shopping for under £20 wink

it gets me how people in the soaps say they have no money but can sit in the Pub all day long mmmmm
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#747835 - 4th Dec 2012 8:24pm Re: food banks [Re: eddtheduck]
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Originally Posted By: eddtheduck
BnM 2lt milk 89p
BnM Bread 89p
iceland burgers 20 for£2
iceland sausages 20 for £2
iceland fishfingers 40for £2
poundland for teabags and bacon

so if you shop around you can do a weeks shopping for under £20 wink



Sounds like a lovely healthy diet!

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#747838 - 4th Dec 2012 8:41pm Re: food banks [Re: TINSLEY]
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20 loin pork chops and 6 gammon steaks. £10 Farmfoods.
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#747846 - 4th Dec 2012 9:07pm Re: food banks [Re: TINSLEY]
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Similar to other people I have only recently found out about foodbanks. I was given a leaflet on the way into Bidston Tescos, with a list of items they are in short supply. I picked up a few extra bits that where on the list, and the lady at the till said a vast majority of shopper that day where buyiing extra.

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#747851 - 4th Dec 2012 9:26pm Re: food banks [Re: TINSLEY]
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#747866 - 4th Dec 2012 10:55pm Re: food banks [Re: rocks]
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Registered: 3rd Nov 2012
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Originally Posted By: rocks
i watched a report about the one in Tranmere on the news last week and once you qualify your allowed to claim 3 days worth of food 3 times a year!
So how does one quailfy?
I might let my nan know about this food bank project.

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#747867 - 4th Dec 2012 10:56pm Re: food banks [Re: RUDEBOX]
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Originally Posted By: RUDEBOX
20 loin pork chops and 6 gammon steaks. £10 Farmfoods.
Is this what you donated to the food bank? well done Mate.

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#747872 - 4th Dec 2012 11:08pm Re: food banks [Re: nuddy]
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Originally Posted By: nuddy
Originally Posted By: eddtheduck
BnM 2lt milk 89p
BnM Bread 89p
iceland burgers 20 for£2
iceland sausages 20 for £2
iceland fishfingers 40for £2
poundland for teabags and bacon

so if you shop around you can do a weeks shopping for under £20 wink



Sounds like a lovely healthy diet!


if your on the bones of your ass I don't think you can cry about a healthy diet food is food at the end of the day, we should get them some after 8 mints and some wine then?
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