Barrow foodbank warns of tough winter ahead
Last updated at 16:05, Wednesday, 23 October 2013
WINTER will see a sharp rise in the number of desperate Barrow families going hungry – according to a local foodbank.
The warning came at a One World fair in Trinity Church Centre, Abbey Road, Barrow, as part of One World Week, a national campaign to raise awareness of world hunger.
The event was attended by several charities and organisations including Save the Children, Traidcraft and Christian Aid, as well as representatives from Barrow Foodbank, run by the Trussell Trust.
Ann Mills, project manager at the foodbank, said the numbers of people turning to her organisation for help was continuing to rise.
She said: “It has been very busy. In Barrow this year we have helped around 4,100 people, and demand is going to be greater this winter.
“With the recent increase in fuel prices we are going to be seeing people who can’t afford to use their cooker and who have to make the decision between heat and food.”
Although many factors lie behind the increase in foodbank use, Ms Mills said one of the major reasons was the change in how benefits are allocated and the use of pay day lenders with “excessive” interest rates.
She said: “When people change from one kind of benefit to another there can be delays of six weeks, and that’s a long time to go with no income,”
Ms Mills said increasing financial pressures were causing another worrying trend. In 2012, 0.7 per cent of service users had told staff of the foodbank they had issues with domestic violence, but this year the figure has risen to 2.5 per cent.
She said: “The stress caused by having no money is putting more strain on relationships.”
The concern about increasing poverty was shared by three generations of Barrow ladies who attended the One World fair to show their support.
Alison Horn, 23, her mother Yvonne Blackley and grand-mother, Evelyn Pearson said they had been made aware of the campaign through their local church, Beacon Hill.
Ms Horn said: “The government now seems to be demonising the poor, but there are not many opportunities for young people out there. It’s a good job the foodbank is there.”
First published at 16:02, Wednesday, 23 October 2013
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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Well said Charlie, but all political party's have bloody hands with this disgrace & should look to there consciences if they have one? Then they should apply this to the to giving us back our NHS, closely followed by our rights that are being sold off right in front of us every day?
It is good job that these foodbanks are here & the people who are running them are doing a good task in helping the most vulnerable people in society feed them selves.
Yes, more & more people are turning to food banks people who once had not so long ago had decent paid employment & now having to struggle on meagre benefits.
With all the benefit changes that are taking place-in other words-cutting benefits for people who need them most, it is causing a lot of hardship for people on benefits whether in work or not.
It is a total travesty of justice for all people concerned to see it come to this with not only benefit cutbacks but with rising energy bills as well so people have to make a horrible choice between heating & eating.
The rising energy bills are a direct result of this & previous governments privatisation policies.
Decent feeding, heating, housing, clothing, health care, education should be for everyone, not the profiteers!!!!