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Swindon Foodbank sees need still rising for this year

Swindon Advertiser: Project manager David Hartridge at Swindon Foodbank Project manager David Hartridge at Swindon Foodbank

DEMAND for the help on offer at Swindon Foodbank in the New Year will be 25 per cent up on previous years, according to the charity’s project manager.

The bank is quiet over the Christmas and New Year period because agencies providing vouchers to those in need of support are closed, and unable to distribute.

However, the weeks before and after the festive season are a huge strain on resources.

As agencies reopen and begin vetting those in need, demand will skyrocket, according to chief David Hartridge. With the excesses of Christmas weighing heavily on bank balances, there are many who will face a crisis of bills over food.

“People are thinking Christmas is coming, how will I manage to feed all those mouths, with the kids off school, and so many bills,” he said.

“It was much busier than normal (ahead of Christmas), probably 25 per cent up year on year. This could be down to factors including an awareness that help is at hand. More and more people know the foodbank is there.

“Michael Gove seemed to dismiss the increase in usage simply being along the lines of more awareness.

“I am 100 per cent adamant people genuinely need more help.

“Unfortunately this is just a feature of the economic difficulties that individuals and families face today.

“There is absolutely no reason to think January’s not going to be any different to the rise seen in December.”

David has confidence in the agencies that interview and vet those who need help.

There is not a limitless supply of food for those who need it from the foodbank, he says. As ever, it relies hugely on donations and the generosity.

David did take time to thank all of those living and working in Swindon for their help in 2013. However, he also made it clear this help needed to continue into this year.

“We have been really blessed in the six to eight weeks before Christmas with some great supermarket collections,” said David.

“Right now our stock level is sufficient to maintain the level of support needed. We don’t have any short-term issues with any particular food currently.

“I anticipate that with our regular donations, plus the stock we are carrying over from the end of the year, there are no causes for concern in terms of meeting demand.

“We are really grateful for the support of the local population, who live and work here. We couldn’t do our job without the support people in Swindon.

“The time, food and cash donated is very important. My message is thank you for the support over the last year or so.

“Please, keep it up, because we see the need extending for the foreseeable future.”

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7:45am Fri 3 Jan 14

Ringer says...

The Adver recently reported that just 112 people regularly use the Foodbank in Swindon - that's out of around 200,000 people who live in the town.

The article, as newspapers are prone to do, sensationalises a '25% increase'... which sounds a lot, until you realise it's merely an additional 28 people.

As has been said before, of course more and more people are going to approach Foodbanks once they've been told they can get their food for free as it then allows them to spend their benefits money on other things. It's a no-brainer: why buy food if you can get hold of it for free?
The Adver recently reported that just 112 people regularly use the Foodbank in Swindon - that's out of around 200,000 people who live in the town. The article, as newspapers are prone to do, sensationalises a '25% increase'... which sounds a lot, until you realise it's merely an additional 28 people. As has been said before, of course more and more people are going to approach Foodbanks once they've been told they can get their food for free as it then allows them to spend their benefits money on other things. It's a no-brainer: why buy food if you can get hold of it for free? Ringer
  • Score: 13

8:12am Fri 3 Jan 14

house on the hill says...

Ringer wrote:
The Adver recently reported that just 112 people regularly use the Foodbank in Swindon - that's out of around 200,000 people who live in the town.

The article, as newspapers are prone to do, sensationalises a '25% increase'... which sounds a lot, until you realise it's merely an additional 28 people.

As has been said before, of course more and more people are going to approach Foodbanks once they've been told they can get their food for free as it then allows them to spend their benefits money on other things. It's a no-brainer: why buy food if you can get hold of it for free?
Sadly that is actually true. Yes there are some who are genuinely on the breadline, but more and more are seeing it as a way of getting free food so they can continue to drink/smoke/mobile phones etc, things that are luxuries and not only have to be earned but always come after the essentials have be bought and paid for. It isnt the foodbank's fault, they are all nice caring people who just get taken for a ride by some who know how to "play the game" or those who know they dont have to be responsible as someone else will always pick up the pieces for them when it goes wrong.

And also agree that if the figures above are correct, then 112 out of 200,000 is hardly a crisis. but hey why let facts stand in the way of a good headline!
[quote][p][bold]Ringer[/bold] wrote: The Adver recently reported that just 112 people regularly use the Foodbank in Swindon - that's out of around 200,000 people who live in the town. The article, as newspapers are prone to do, sensationalises a '25% increase'... which sounds a lot, until you realise it's merely an additional 28 people. As has been said before, of course more and more people are going to approach Foodbanks once they've been told they can get their food for free as it then allows them to spend their benefits money on other things. It's a no-brainer: why buy food if you can get hold of it for free?[/p][/quote]Sadly that is actually true. Yes there are some who are genuinely on the breadline, but more and more are seeing it as a way of getting free food so they can continue to drink/smoke/mobile phones etc, things that are luxuries and not only have to be earned but always come after the essentials have be bought and paid for. It isnt the foodbank's fault, they are all nice caring people who just get taken for a ride by some who know how to "play the game" or those who know they dont have to be responsible as someone else will always pick up the pieces for them when it goes wrong. And also agree that if the figures above are correct, then 112 out of 200,000 is hardly a crisis. but hey why let facts stand in the way of a good headline! house on the hill
  • Score: 7

8:58am Fri 3 Jan 14

Ringer says...

You are right, House. Too many people have become very adept at exploiting the goodwill of others and, sadly, there are some people who fall for the sob stories and general 'poor me' bullsh*t that comes all to easily to those who've discovered they can get everything for free and use their benefit money for the things they really enjoy.

Yes, there are a tiny minority of people who genuinely need help, but anyone already operating within the benefits system does not need even more free handouts, they simply need to learn how to better utilise the money they're given.

It is simply insulting to smoke, drink, keep numerous pets, use drugs, eat takeaways multiple times per week, gamble, run Sky TV on other people's money and at the same time claim 'poverty' and demand you get given even more.
You are right, House. Too many people have become very adept at exploiting the goodwill of others and, sadly, there are some people who fall for the sob stories and general 'poor me' bullsh*t that comes all to easily to those who've discovered they can get everything for free and use their benefit money for the things they really enjoy. Yes, there are a tiny minority of people who genuinely need help, but anyone already operating within the benefits system does not need even more free handouts, they simply need to learn how to better utilise the money they're given. It is simply insulting to smoke, drink, keep numerous pets, use drugs, eat takeaways multiple times per week, gamble, run Sky TV on other people's money and at the same time claim 'poverty' and demand you get given even more. Ringer
  • Score: 8

9:32am Fri 3 Jan 14

Localboy86 says...

You two are talking absolute ****! From your frequent posts on here it is clear to see neither of you have much of a life, hence you spending all your time on here. You both come accross as the type that were bullied at school and now think your big men because you hide behind your computer, get out! Get a hobby and stop being so nasty
You two are talking absolute ****! From your frequent posts on here it is clear to see neither of you have much of a life, hence you spending all your time on here. You both come accross as the type that were bullied at school and now think your big men because you hide behind your computer, get out! Get a hobby and stop being so nasty Localboy86
  • Score: -4

11:20am Fri 3 Jan 14

Davey Gravey says...

This is a national problem and isn't as easy as just turning up and getting free food, then spending your money on fags and booze.
The people who go to these centres are in poverty!
This is a national problem and isn't as easy as just turning up and getting free food, then spending your money on fags and booze. The people who go to these centres are in poverty! Davey Gravey
  • Score: -2

12:20pm Fri 3 Jan 14

house on the hill says...

Localboy86 wrote:
You two are talking absolute ****! From your frequent posts on here it is clear to see neither of you have much of a life, hence you spending all your time on here. You both come accross as the type that were bullied at school and now think your big men because you hide behind your computer, get out! Get a hobby and stop being so nasty
Have a fantastic life thanks and don't waste it smoking or drinking "down the pub" with you and your saddo mates. You probably spend more time in just one weekend "out having fun" than I spend in a year on here, but why let facts get in the way of your hatred and bigotry of "old" people (which you seem to always conveniently forget you will be one day if you last that long!). Never bullied at school and am not being nasty just realistic, If you don't like the real world that's not my problem if you just see it from your own narrow views with your head up your backside.

Not sure how much real life experience you have had at your age. but some of us have to actually work first hand with those in debt, on benefits and in need so do actually see the reality of the situation and the expectation and "playing the game" that more than a few do. We have always said there are those in real need, but I can assure you the numbers are nowhere near what you have been led to believe!
[quote][p][bold]Localboy86[/bold] wrote: You two are talking absolute ****! From your frequent posts on here it is clear to see neither of you have much of a life, hence you spending all your time on here. You both come accross as the type that were bullied at school and now think your big men because you hide behind your computer, get out! Get a hobby and stop being so nasty[/p][/quote]Have a fantastic life thanks and don't waste it smoking or drinking "down the pub" with you and your saddo mates. You probably spend more time in just one weekend "out having fun" than I spend in a year on here, but why let facts get in the way of your hatred and bigotry of "old" people (which you seem to always conveniently forget you will be one day if you last that long!). Never bullied at school and am not being nasty just realistic, If you don't like the real world that's not my problem if you just see it from your own narrow views with your head up your backside. Not sure how much real life experience you have had at your age. but some of us have to actually work first hand with those in debt, on benefits and in need so do actually see the reality of the situation and the expectation and "playing the game" that more than a few do. We have always said there are those in real need, but I can assure you the numbers are nowhere near what you have been led to believe! house on the hill
  • Score: 2

1:47pm Fri 3 Jan 14

Ringer says...

Localboy86 wrote:
You two are talking absolute ****! From your frequent posts on here it is clear to see neither of you have much of a life, hence you spending all your time on here. You both come accross as the type that were bullied at school and now think your big men because you hide behind your computer, get out! Get a hobby and stop being so nasty
'Stop being so nasty'?

Are you five years old?
[quote][p][bold]Localboy86[/bold] wrote: You two are talking absolute ****! From your frequent posts on here it is clear to see neither of you have much of a life, hence you spending all your time on here. You both come accross as the type that were bullied at school and now think your big men because you hide behind your computer, get out! Get a hobby and stop being so nasty[/p][/quote]'Stop being so nasty'? Are you five years old? Ringer
  • Score: 1

1:48pm Fri 3 Jan 14

Ringer says...

Davey Gravey wrote:
This is a national problem and isn't as easy as just turning up and getting free food, then spending your money on fags and booze.
The people who go to these centres are in poverty!
You have basically just posted the precisely opposite of the reality. Well done.
[quote][p][bold]Davey Gravey[/bold] wrote: This is a national problem and isn't as easy as just turning up and getting free food, then spending your money on fags and booze. The people who go to these centres are in poverty![/p][/quote]You have basically just posted the precisely opposite of the reality. Well done. Ringer
  • Score: -1

6:21pm Fri 3 Jan 14

Localboy86 says...

house on the hill wrote:
Localboy86 wrote:
You two are talking absolute ****! From your frequent posts on here it is clear to see neither of you have much of a life, hence you spending all your time on here. You both come accross as the type that were bullied at school and now think your big men because you hide behind your computer, get out! Get a hobby and stop being so nasty
Have a fantastic life thanks and don't waste it smoking or drinking "down the pub" with you and your saddo mates. You probably spend more time in just one weekend "out having fun" than I spend in a year on here, but why let facts get in the way of your hatred and bigotry of "old" people (which you seem to always conveniently forget you will be one day if you last that long!). Never bullied at school and am not being nasty just realistic, If you don't like the real world that's not my problem if you just see it from your own narrow views with your head up your backside.

Not sure how much real life experience you have had at your age. but some of us have to actually work first hand with those in debt, on benefits and in need so do actually see the reality of the situation and the expectation and "playing the game" that more than a few do. We have always said there are those in real need, but I can assure you the numbers are nowhere near what you have been led to believe!
Weirdo alert
[quote][p][bold]house on the hill[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Localboy86[/bold] wrote: You two are talking absolute ****! From your frequent posts on here it is clear to see neither of you have much of a life, hence you spending all your time on here. You both come accross as the type that were bullied at school and now think your big men because you hide behind your computer, get out! Get a hobby and stop being so nasty[/p][/quote]Have a fantastic life thanks and don't waste it smoking or drinking "down the pub" with you and your saddo mates. You probably spend more time in just one weekend "out having fun" than I spend in a year on here, but why let facts get in the way of your hatred and bigotry of "old" people (which you seem to always conveniently forget you will be one day if you last that long!). Never bullied at school and am not being nasty just realistic, If you don't like the real world that's not my problem if you just see it from your own narrow views with your head up your backside. Not sure how much real life experience you have had at your age. but some of us have to actually work first hand with those in debt, on benefits and in need so do actually see the reality of the situation and the expectation and "playing the game" that more than a few do. We have always said there are those in real need, but I can assure you the numbers are nowhere near what you have been led to believe![/p][/quote]Weirdo alert Localboy86
  • Score: -1

7:38am Sat 4 Jan 14

house on the hill says...

Localboy86 wrote:
house on the hill wrote:
Localboy86 wrote:
You two are talking absolute ****! From your frequent posts on here it is clear to see neither of you have much of a life, hence you spending all your time on here. You both come accross as the type that were bullied at school and now think your big men because you hide behind your computer, get out! Get a hobby and stop being so nasty
Have a fantastic life thanks and don't waste it smoking or drinking "down the pub" with you and your saddo mates. You probably spend more time in just one weekend "out having fun" than I spend in a year on here, but why let facts get in the way of your hatred and bigotry of "old" people (which you seem to always conveniently forget you will be one day if you last that long!). Never bullied at school and am not being nasty just realistic, If you don't like the real world that's not my problem if you just see it from your own narrow views with your head up your backside.

Not sure how much real life experience you have had at your age. but some of us have to actually work first hand with those in debt, on benefits and in need so do actually see the reality of the situation and the expectation and "playing the game" that more than a few do. We have always said there are those in real need, but I can assure you the numbers are nowhere near what you have been led to believe!
Weirdo alert
Yes you are mate, you never actually add anything useful to any conversation, just the pathetic option of abuse against individuals presumably because your tiny one directional brain cant cope with facts, knowledge and debate. At 27 you have only experienced 9 of your expected 60 to 70 years of adult life and really have no idea of how the world really works. But why let that get in the way of a bit of sad cyber bullying for someone who epitomises why Swindon is seen as full of brainless morons who cant even spell IQ! Pathetic twunt.
[quote][p][bold]Localboy86[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]house on the hill[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Localboy86[/bold] wrote: You two are talking absolute ****! From your frequent posts on here it is clear to see neither of you have much of a life, hence you spending all your time on here. You both come accross as the type that were bullied at school and now think your big men because you hide behind your computer, get out! Get a hobby and stop being so nasty[/p][/quote]Have a fantastic life thanks and don't waste it smoking or drinking "down the pub" with you and your saddo mates. You probably spend more time in just one weekend "out having fun" than I spend in a year on here, but why let facts get in the way of your hatred and bigotry of "old" people (which you seem to always conveniently forget you will be one day if you last that long!). Never bullied at school and am not being nasty just realistic, If you don't like the real world that's not my problem if you just see it from your own narrow views with your head up your backside. Not sure how much real life experience you have had at your age. but some of us have to actually work first hand with those in debt, on benefits and in need so do actually see the reality of the situation and the expectation and "playing the game" that more than a few do. We have always said there are those in real need, but I can assure you the numbers are nowhere near what you have been led to believe![/p][/quote]Weirdo alert[/p][/quote]Yes you are mate, you never actually add anything useful to any conversation, just the pathetic option of abuse against individuals presumably because your tiny one directional brain cant cope with facts, knowledge and debate. At 27 you have only experienced 9 of your expected 60 to 70 years of adult life and really have no idea of how the world really works. But why let that get in the way of a bit of sad cyber bullying for someone who epitomises why Swindon is seen as full of brainless morons who cant even spell IQ! Pathetic twunt. house on the hill
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