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Camborne, Pool and Redruth Food Bank appeals for help after running out of stock

By WBKatri  |  Posted: March 22, 2013

  • Camborne, Pool and Redruth Food Bank appeals for help after running out of stock

  • Camborne, Pool and Redruth Food bank is appealing for help after running out of stock. Pictured: Don Gardner of CPR Food Bank

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A FOOD bank has launched an urgent appeal for help after unprecedented numbers of people struggling to make ends meet turned to it for aid.

The Camborne, Pool and Redruth Food Bank is pleading for help to stock up its shelves after it ran out of food earlier this week.

The charity, which has supplied about 18,000 meals in January and February alone, had to purchase food from a supermarket to meet demand.

Organiser Don Gardner explained: "On Tuesday we ran out of food, we simply did not have enough stock to help everyone.

"We eventually managed to feed everyone but that was only after buying more food from a supermarket.

"Currently we have only got food for up to 12 families so we will have to go and buy more with the little money we have got.

"Earlier today we helped a man with four children who has no food in his house.

"Some people can only afford to eat every other day to make sure their children can eat every day.

"Urgent supplies are needed, last week 1,800 meals were distributed from the Camborne distribution centre alone."

The food bank is particularly short of tins of meat, ready meals in tins and pasta sauces.

Anybody able to help is asked to contact Mr Gardner on 01209 714592.

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  • jimjams2011  |  March 26 2013, 8:57PM

    Dear Bettycustard, I said everyone in Camborne with children 'gets' benefits as in that they are entitled to then or receive them if they choose to, it is irrelevant whether you are so well off that you do not need them. The fact remains that the benefits which are received by the people that are using this food bank are above the level of basic and gives people more cash than they would even need for food! Child benefit is £20.30 per week for the first or only child. That would equate to £2.90 each day for food. Thats almost 3 of these ready meals which are favoured by the foodbank a day! However, as i mentioned in my last message raw ingredients are more plentiful, cheaper and more nutritious than these pre-packaged ready meals. If the foodbank instead taught people how to make their food go further From basic cooking then these people would not be eating the foodbank dry! Could you imagine if our parents, grandparents or great grandparents (depending on who is reading this) had the equivilent of that sort of money to apend on food during the war! They'd be eating perfectly fine! And this is only the money from one kid. People are spending their money on items which are not neccessities. Its the only answer. People who are disabled get more benefit money than the average person on benefits and the elderly get winter fuel allowances. Anyone else accessing the Food bank should get a job. Over 1300 about in the local area alone and far from betty's defeatist opinion that it 'may only be temp' people should consider it A JOB and a step up the ladder and a reference for the next better job! I find it patronising and condescending of betty to imply that people on benefits arnt capable of transitioning back to benefits in between employment periods as its too 'complicated'.

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  • BettyCustard  |  March 23 2013, 7:10PM

    Dear Jimjams2011, With all due respect you are blindingly out of touch and have, once again, over-simplified what is an amazingly complex issue. It is clear that you and I are unlikely to agree but allow me to address some of your points with a view to, as tough a job as it may be, enlightening you a little. Firstly, my personal situation was included merely to correct your inaccurate assertion that everyone who has children in Camborne is in receipt of state benefits. I also speak from the perspective of somebody who at one time had to deal with a life-changing illness at the same time as finding myself homeless, without a partner and unable to work with one small child dependent on me. It was a desperate situation at a time when there was support to help you regain a footing on the ladder of society. As anyone who is in touch with current affairs will know, such support has diminished to such a level that it is no longer possible to maintain even the most basic quality of life when faced with a major crisis and no financial backing. Benefits, along with wages, have reduced significantly in real terms as the cost of living has risen exponentially - I'm sure that you must have noticed that week on week you go to the checkout at the supermarket only to have to pay more for the items that you consider staples? Now Imagine that you have to pay for your shopping, your water rates, your electricity, your gas, a portion of your rent, any transport to look for work out of £71.00 a week JSA - could you do it? I know I couldn't. Humour me by indulging your imagination a little further and picture for a moment that you have found yourself in this position, not because you were feckless and ditched your job in favour of a life smoking, watching Jeremy Kyle and running up debt at Wonga.com, but because the twelve week part-time job you took out of desperation has come to an end and you find yourself back in the merciless hands of the DWP and their inflexible and ineffective system which offers little support of any value when it comes to gaining meaningful and lasting work. So many of the 1376 jobs that you speak of are part-time temporary contracts. Many who would be more than willing to do these jobs are discouraged from doing so because they know that when the contract comes to an end they will become entangled in a cumbersome, heavily beurocratic process that sees them without a penny for six weeks as their claim labours slowly through a faceless system. Might it also be that, if people find themselves in such a situation and are struggling with debt at the same time, that a level of consumer debt was run up by desperately trying to keep on top of things in the short term? Or that the debt came about when they were in paid work and didn't anticipate there being a time when this debt wouldn't be manageable for them? Our society wouldn't function at all without any access to credit so to say that people shouldn't take on any debt would be naive in the extreme. You assert that people in such a situation should go to the CAB - have you tried contacting the CAB lately? Their funding has been cut, many of their paid staff have been made redundant and their ability to offer even a portion of the fantastic support that at one time you could access straight off the street, has been severely hampered. As for your claim that disabled people get 'even more each week to support them', if you read a decent newspaper, you would see that what the DWP defines as disabled is so unrealistic as to be laughable. If you have a fluctuating illness such as MS and on the day of an ATOS assessment can pick up a 50p from the floor, you are now deemed fit to do a full week's work and benefits will be cut. This is not welfare reform; it is abdication of social responsibility and a movement that no civilised society should condone

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  • jimjams2011  |  March 23 2013, 3:58PM

    Weirdly ukip are suggesting a payment card for groceries etc which would prevent purchase of booze, cigs and sky tv. Might help prevent people having to access food banks! http://tinyurl.com/bubyu9b

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  • jimjams2011  |  March 23 2013, 3:01PM

    My post appears to have disapeared. Dear BettyCustard, You may be in the financial position where you do not need benefits however those that are receive them. People who are disabled and people who have kids get more Money than anyone else. People who are eldery get a winter fuel allowance to heat Their homes.I would therefore query why people were going to a foodbank. People who are not classed as disabled are deemed fit for work and there are right now over 1300 jobs advertised within a 20mile radius of camborne. If you are truely starving you will do ANY job. I do not believe that foodbanks giving out ready meals is helpful. What they should do is to teach people how to make food go further. Veg and potatoes last longer than ready meals and you get more of it for less money. The beauty of cornwall is that there are farm shops eerywhere that you can get Things even cheaper than the general shops. If people have financial problems due to debt then they need to goto the citizens advice bureau and sort it out or go bankrupt and start from scratch. Those are the options. And the points i raose are honest Ones a lot of people will be asking right now.

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  • jimjams2011  |  March 23 2013, 2:44PM

    Dear BettyCustard, If you are lucky enough to be in a financial position where yo sont have to claim any benefits, including working tax credit, good on you. However, if you are poor you are entitled to benefits and nobody entitled to benefits has any excuse for not being able to feed themselves! What else has thier money gone on? Hve they been feckless and ran up loads of debt? If thats the case they need to o to the local citizens advice bureau and sort it out. I dont think that a foodbank appealing for readymeals is going to help these people with no food in the long run. They need to get back to basics and learn to cook with veg and potatoes and put the time in (of which they will have plenty if unemployed) to make a meal which goes much further and is financially sound. In the job centre at the moment there are 1376 jobs advertised in a 20mile radius of camborne. None of these 'starving' are disabled as if they were they would be on the benefits for disabled people and would have even more mone each week to support them. These families with multiple kids also get extra benefits to apy for them. So i ask again, wheres the money going? Why are these people who are not homeless accessing the foodbank? And if they can go there why cant they pop in somewhere and get a job? Any job will bring in money. I might argue people are too picky. Yet are happy to eat ready meals whic cost more than what the raw ingredients would cost!

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  • BettyCustard  |  March 23 2013, 2:13PM

    I agree, Doitdreckly, that the Liberal Democrats are as much to blame in all of this as the Tories although they really are just ineffectual flotsam drifting haplessly to the right on a true-blue, banker-filled ocean. It is quite apparent that we have been 'gifted' with the absolute worst aspects of each of the parties philosophies (and I use the word philosophies very loosely) which have been cobbled together to form various ill-thought-out policies; these, in turn, have gathered momentum to form a perfect storm which is currently bearing down on the vast majority of citizens in the UK, resulting in many everyday people doing what they can to pick up the pieces - hence the need for foodbanks. What is more apparent is that, with very few exceptions, the Liberal Democrats do not have the gumption, moral integrity or authority to make a stand. Danny Alexander is the poster child for this lot and that really illustrates all there is to know.

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  • nickthompson  |  March 23 2013, 1:30PM

    "Camborne, Pool and Redruth Food Bank appeals for help after running out of stock" " Barclays investment boss Rich Ricci lands £18 million windfall as bank dishes out £40million to nine top execs" •Barclays executive Rich Ricci was also given a £6m bonus last month •Nine executives get a total of £40m in share awards on Budget day-------------- Welcome to Tory Britain 2013.

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  • Doitdreckley  |  March 23 2013, 12:51PM

    Betty Custard is very eloqeunt but don't forget this is also down to those awful 'Liberal Democrats'. Descpicable people. If Big Ger wants to read drivel he needs to look back at his old postings. To quote the Manic Street Preachers: if you tolerate this then your children will be next.

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  • toffer99  |  March 23 2013, 12:05PM

    In London, kids are stealing bread for their family. Hungry children turning to shoplifting, say police: http://tinyurl.com/9hggrpb This is England in 2013, but it sounds Dickensian.

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  • MapSerpren  |  March 23 2013, 12:31AM

    Betty Custard - one of the finest postings I have seen here in a very, very long time. I commend it to some of the extreme right wing trolls on here and much admire every point you so eloquently make. Thank you.

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