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Food Banks

Tired Daisy

Tired Daisy

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I wanted to start a thread on food banks and free food places in general and after the no deal Brexit that people seem to so desperately want, and to be worse off and food prices rising I might not be able to afford food anymore if its to expensive.

So what are the requirements for food banks?

I'm on benefits so does that make me eligible for food banks?

What about other places where you can get free food?
 
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winofunk

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Hello Daisy.

Different food banks operate differently. Some require a referral, like the Trussell Trust....others do not.

It was previously the case that many agencies who operate foodbanks believed that a lack of budgeting skills was the reason why people needed foodbanks, so they would want to be satisfied that the person needing help had received money advice/help with budgeting before approaching the foodbank. Hence the referral system. Also, believing it to be a budgeting issue, they would limit the number of times a person could receive help in a year.

Nowadays, it is widely accepted that those needing foodbanks are not needing help because they do not manage their money wisely. They need help because they have been refused benefit or they have been sanctioned and had their benefits reduced or withdrawn for a set period. Also, in-work poverty is increasing and more and more people in employment are needing help from foodbanks. In response to this, many foodbanks now have an open door policy and will offer help to anyone who approaches them.

There are now numerous local foodbanks who have an open door policy. They will provide assistance to anyone who approaches them. Many churches run foodbanks, as well as local community centres.

Availability varies greatly from area to area. Where I am on the southside of Glasgow there is a Trussell Trust foodbank, and 8 other independent foodbanks that I know of.

To date, I have never had to use one, but it has been reported that they are all struggling to meet demand.
 
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Also I don't think its people not being able to budget the only issue, a lot of people are working their fingers to the bone just to barely get by on the new living wage which is very low and with high rents and tax and other bills to pay such as gas, electricity, internet travel expenses getting to and from work they are left with nothing literally.

Some smartass will then say well don't have internet... we are not living in the 1990's anymore the internet is an essential thing that people need for modern day living, most things are online now.

What are people left with after that... a fiver? that's not going to go very far and then they are told they don't meet the criteria for food banks.
 
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