Why are there foodbanks?

sketch-1577233161543.jpgThis might be someone’s meal today, tonight, next week. They may be on a low income, on benefits or state handouts. They might be in a refugee camp trying to flee from famine or oppression.

Coming closer to home, in a land that is the sixth richest in the World and where many more billionaires live than ever before, the number of Foodbanks here over the last few years have soared, from a handful ten years ago to more of them than McDonald’s outlets now! There are around two THOUSAND Foodbanks in this country now. Let that sink in. And people using them are only allowed two or three referrals in a six month period. That referral gives them emergency food for three or four days. They are used when someones benefit has been cancelled or delayed. I know about them because I used to refer people into them. I had to jump through hoops to get a referral for them. Often I came up against the arguments about whether they were deserving enough. I would be talking to a decision maker who would criticise the person’s ability to budget a paltry amount of money that the decision maker could not possibly have lived on themselves.

My question again is why are there Foodbanks? Why are the poorest in society forgotten? Why do the rich think it’s OK to look down on the poor? Remember that it is only by luck that we are born into the lives we have.

 

4 thoughts on “Why are there foodbanks?

  1. I think it depends. Our Food bank in my little town is well-stocked, important, supported by the community. Maybe this could be done by some rich people or increased taxes, but in a community like this, taking care of “our own” seems to be a privilege. Even the local supermarket has cards — “do you want to give to the food bank?” “Sure.” “How much?” you tell them and they scan the appropriate card ($1, $5, $10, $20, $100) and give the money to the food bank.

    BUT I know in larger cities and more complex communities something like this doesn’t — and can’t — exist. 😦

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    1. I get what you are saying. But if the money people were given were sufficient then shops would stay open because people would be spending money locally, that woukd help keep more people in work and less need for handouts. Whereas if money instead goes to the rich they probably stick it in the bank to gather interest. We should not need charity giving. As you say they probably work on small community donations. But that’s the not quite so poor helping the poorest. Then the not quite so poor get hit by a depressed economy and bingo, donations to the Foodbanks start to dwindle. It’s happened here (we have a scheme where you can put essential food etc in a box at a grocery store, so you buy it then donate it). Meanwhile the store also disposes of almost out of date food to landfill. Maybe that should be donated instead? Long reply, just thinking…..

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