Council agrees to investigate ways of helping foodbanks

Evesham Journal: A volunteer checking stock at a foodbank A volunteer checking stock at a foodbank

FOODBANKS are to come under investigation in Worcestershire – with the county council agreeing to examine ways to help them out.

Due to rising demand across the county, the council has agreed a potentially groundbreaking review into supporting and nurturing the volunteers who make sure they operate.

During a debate at County Hall, politicians admitted they were “worried” about the huge expansion in the scale of foodbanks in Worcestershire.

It raises the prospect of taxpayers money being used to offer advice on the facilities, and make sure the help they provide is better co-ordinated.

Councillor Peter McDonald, from the Labour group, said: “Figures show 60,000 people have gone hungry since the Christmas period, including 20,000 children.

“In just one year, foodbanks have helped just over one million people, including in Worcestershire, this should never be the case in a modern society.

“Across the country we’ve seen reports of thefts rising in everyday items like cheese, bread and milk, which was last prevalent in the 18th and 19th century.”

Other politicians said they had noticed trends in their own council wards which had started to concern them.

Councillor Liz Tucker, Lib Dem group leader, said: “Pershore is often seen as privileged and not suffering from poverty, but it has built up in a way not really seen since the Second World War.”

Other councillors said they were getting lots of concern about pay being frozen in the public and private sectors while food prices and utility bills continue to rise.

Councillor Richard Udall said: “As pay packets continue to shrink, prices continue to rise.

“We do need to create a long-term plan to reduce the cost of living crisis, and reduce the reliance on foodbanks.”

A motion was voted on suggesting a watchdog-style council body, called the Overview and Scrutiny Performance Board, “investigate how the council can help support, co-ordinate and nurture” the growing number of foodbank volunteers.

It will also look at ways in which the council can offer advice on them, and link the services together.

The motion was created by Labour, and was accepted by all politicians after the wording was altered by Councillor Lucy Hodgson, a Conservative.

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6:19pm Fri 17 Jan 14

old misery says...

With the ever increasing publicity of foodbanks it is no wonder more people are using them surely some of the regular receipients could be persuaded to help out as volunteers also who regulates those in need when you hear reports of people arriving in cars to pick up food.
With the ever increasing publicity of foodbanks it is no wonder more people are using them surely some of the regular receipients could be persuaded to help out as volunteers also who regulates those in need when you hear reports of people arriving in cars to pick up food. old misery

7:39pm Fri 17 Jan 14

thil says...

old misery wrote:
With the ever increasing publicity of foodbanks it is no wonder more people are using them surely some of the regular receipients could be persuaded to help out as volunteers also who regulates those in need when you hear reports of people arriving in cars to pick up food.
You can't just turn up at a foodbank and receive food, you know.
Care professionals such as doctors, health visitors, social workers, CAB and police identify people in crisis and issue them with a foodbank voucher. Foodbanks partner with a wide range of care professionals who are best placed to assess need and make sure that it is genuine.
If you get a food parcel more than 3 times in 6 months, you are referred to a social worker.
[quote][p][bold]old misery[/bold] wrote: With the ever increasing publicity of foodbanks it is no wonder more people are using them surely some of the regular receipients could be persuaded to help out as volunteers also who regulates those in need when you hear reports of people arriving in cars to pick up food.[/p][/quote]You can't just turn up at a foodbank and receive food, you know. Care professionals such as doctors, health visitors, social workers, CAB and police identify people in crisis and issue them with a foodbank voucher. Foodbanks partner with a wide range of care professionals who are best placed to assess need and make sure that it is genuine. If you get a food parcel more than 3 times in 6 months, you are referred to a social worker. thil

7:54am Sat 18 Jan 14

green49 says...

What a fabulous legacy this government will leave us all, foodbanks, i thought we had moved on after the war when rations were around, we are going backwards not forwards its the 21st centuary for gods sake, Politictions are the cause of where we are today and this Dispicable uncaring bunch of idiots that are in now are as bad as the Thatcher years.
Bring back Dickensian times i say, thats where we are heading.
What a fabulous legacy this government will leave us all, foodbanks, i thought we had moved on after the war when rations were around, we are going backwards not forwards its the 21st centuary for gods sake, Politictions are the cause of where we are today and this Dispicable uncaring bunch of idiots that are in now are as bad as the Thatcher years. Bring back Dickensian times i say, thats where we are heading. green49

11:47am Sat 18 Jan 14

Gillian1961 says...

Why don't you ask the super markets to donate food that they have over stocked with instead of throwing in the skips
Why don't you ask the super markets to donate food that they have over stocked with instead of throwing in the skips Gillian1961

12:13pm Sat 18 Jan 14

Jabbadad says...

Old misery (aptly named) you will find that those people who go to food banks in cars are like me and others who are donating food to this wonderful cause, are we supposed to walk carrying several heavy bags of tined foods etc?
What is alarming is that Councillors are thinking of helping / getting involved, GOD HELP THE FOOD BANKS.
And supermarkets do donate food stuffs, however foods which carry a use by date, are a different matter. If we as members of the public decide to risk o
food which is past it's Sell by or Use By dates then that is up to us. however for obvious reasons (Compensation and fines etc) they cannot be involved in out of date foods.s. I myself quite regularly use foods which are just past use by dates, we have a good range of clean airtight containers, which any surplus pre-sealed food when opened is put straight into. And no one has died from food poisening on my watch.
Old misery (aptly named) you will find that those people who go to food banks in cars are like me and others who are donating food to this wonderful cause, are we supposed to walk carrying several heavy bags of tined foods etc? What is alarming is that Councillors are thinking of helping / getting involved, GOD HELP THE FOOD BANKS. And supermarkets do donate food stuffs, however foods which carry a use by date, are a different matter. If we as members of the public decide to risk o food which is past it's Sell by or Use By dates then that is up to us. however for obvious reasons (Compensation and fines etc) they cannot be involved in out of date foods.s. I myself quite regularly use foods which are just past use by dates, we have a good range of clean airtight containers, which any surplus pre-sealed food when opened is put straight into. And no one has died from food poisening on my watch. Jabbadad

6:58pm Sat 18 Jan 14

old misery says...

Jabbadad wrote:
Old misery (aptly named) you will find that those people who go to food banks in cars are like me and others who are donating food to this wonderful cause, are we supposed to walk carrying several heavy bags of tined foods etc? What is alarming is that Councillors are thinking of helping / getting involved, GOD HELP THE FOOD BANKS. And supermarkets do donate food stuffs, however foods which carry a use by date, are a different matter. If we as members of the public decide to risk o food which is past it's Sell by or Use By dates then that is up to us. however for obvious reasons (Compensation and fines etc) they cannot be involved in out of date foods.s. I myself quite regularly use foods which are just past use by dates, we have a good range of clean airtight containers, which any surplus pre-sealed food when opened is put straight into. And no one has died from food poisening on my watch.
I was not refering to people delivering food but collecting it I personally know someone who help start one in a city help run it until people came in cars to collect they then decided enough was enough and resigned. Yes this did mean the needy perhaps suffered but the fact remains Some and I did not say all were calling with cars to pick up food for THEMSELVES not third parties
[quote][p][bold]Jabbadad[/bold] wrote: Old misery (aptly named) you will find that those people who go to food banks in cars are like me and others who are donating food to this wonderful cause, are we supposed to walk carrying several heavy bags of tined foods etc? What is alarming is that Councillors are thinking of helping / getting involved, GOD HELP THE FOOD BANKS. And supermarkets do donate food stuffs, however foods which carry a use by date, are a different matter. If we as members of the public decide to risk o food which is past it's Sell by or Use By dates then that is up to us. however for obvious reasons (Compensation and fines etc) they cannot be involved in out of date foods.s. I myself quite regularly use foods which are just past use by dates, we have a good range of clean airtight containers, which any surplus pre-sealed food when opened is put straight into. And no one has died from food poisening on my watch.[/p][/quote]I was not refering to people delivering food but collecting it I personally know someone who help start one in a city help run it until people came in cars to collect they then decided enough was enough and resigned. Yes this did mean the needy perhaps suffered but the fact remains Some and I did not say all were calling with cars to pick up food for THEMSELVES not third parties old misery

7:28pm Sat 18 Jan 14

grumpy woman says...

Give up smoking and drinking and you won't need a food bank. Budget.
Give up smoking and drinking and you won't need a food bank. Budget. grumpy woman

8:18pm Sat 18 Jan 14

Bufton Tufton says...

grumpy woman wrote:
Give up smoking and drinking and you won't need a food bank. Budget.
I agree! I saw a program on the TV recently where a man, who appeared to be quite a nice father who was doing his best, was attempting to feed his daughter and was finding his benefits wouldn't stretch. The cameras then followed him on his shopping trip and showed him buying frozen pizza and other expensive junk food. Its all about education.
[quote][p][bold]grumpy woman[/bold] wrote: Give up smoking and drinking and you won't need a food bank. Budget.[/p][/quote]I agree! I saw a program on the TV recently where a man, who appeared to be quite a nice father who was doing his best, was attempting to feed his daughter and was finding his benefits wouldn't stretch. The cameras then followed him on his shopping trip and showed him buying frozen pizza and other expensive junk food. Its all about education. Bufton Tufton

12:15am Sun 19 Jan 14

Jabbadad says...

You can't just arrive at food banks and ask for items. You have to be referred which means in need, so stories about the well off getting free food is not true, and I was also at a food bank just last week delivering donated foods when a man called in to collect food to deliver in his own car to someone who did qualify, but couldn't get there themselves .
You can't just arrive at food banks and ask for items. You have to be referred which means in need, so stories about the well off getting free food is not true, and I was also at a food bank just last week delivering donated foods when a man called in to collect food to deliver in his own car to someone who did qualify, but couldn't get there themselves . Jabbadad

8:13pm Sun 19 Jan 14

old misery says...

Jabbadad wrote:
You can't just arrive at food banks and ask for items. You have to be referred which means in need, so stories about the well off getting free food is not true, and I was also at a food bank just last week delivering donated foods when a man called in to collect food to deliver in his own car to someone who did qualify, but couldn't get there themselves .
If you can collect for other people how can you regulate that surely the people issued with vouchers have to collect it personally otherwise it is open to abuse but with rose tinted glasses I suoppose we all beleive it would not be abused.
[quote][p][bold]Jabbadad[/bold] wrote: You can't just arrive at food banks and ask for items. You have to be referred which means in need, so stories about the well off getting free food is not true, and I was also at a food bank just last week delivering donated foods when a man called in to collect food to deliver in his own car to someone who did qualify, but couldn't get there themselves .[/p][/quote]If you can collect for other people how can you regulate that surely the people issued with vouchers have to collect it personally otherwise it is open to abuse but with rose tinted glasses I suoppose we all beleive it would not be abused. old misery

9:25pm Sun 19 Jan 14

Jabbadad says...

It is such a wonderful service as are the volunteers who go out most nights to deliver hot soup to the Homeless, that we have to have a little faith that it won't be abused.
And to know that it is needed in this country, one of the wealthiest in the world, says it all about this government and it's DUTY OF CARE to those who are MORE IN IT TOGETHER than the TORY TOFFS who are making such disgraceful decisions over cuts to services
Look at the quotes from Adrian Hardman a Tory who says "he has no regrets over plans to hand over swathes of services to outside providers" (PRIVATISATION) "despite claims it could make people millionaires". And the Tories are chopping / closing down Services for the vulnerable to make it a more profitable situation for any potential business takeover.
Well Councilor some of us are aware, and will do everything in our power to continuously publicise the actions of you Tories.
It is such a wonderful service as are the volunteers who go out most nights to deliver hot soup to the Homeless, that we have to have a little faith that it won't be abused. And to know that it is needed in this country, one of the wealthiest in the world, says it all about this government and it's DUTY OF CARE to those who are MORE IN IT TOGETHER than the TORY TOFFS who are making such disgraceful decisions over cuts to services Look at the quotes from Adrian Hardman a Tory who says "he has no regrets over plans to hand over swathes of services to outside providers" (PRIVATISATION) "despite claims it could make people millionaires". And the Tories are chopping / closing down Services for the vulnerable to make it a more profitable situation for any potential business takeover. Well Councilor some of us are aware, and will do everything in our power to continuously publicise the actions of you Tories. Jabbadad

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