Foodbank celebration

By Sara Bryce

Sunday, September 30, 2012


Foodbank celebration

The celebration for the first anniversary of Foodbank at the Church on the Roundabout. Picture by Laura Holme.

THE Church on the Roundabout, Newport, has celebrated the first anniversary of the Newport Foodbank.

The church, at Coppins Bridge roundabout, held its usual Foodbank session last Friday and, to mark the occasion, shared an anniversary cake.

Tony Murphy, minister for the church, said: "We invited people who had been part of it throughout the first year."

The Isle of Wight Foodbank began 14 months ago in Cowes, with the Newport branch opening two months later.

There are eight branches of the Foodbank across the Island where people can donate food or redeem Foodbank vouchers. Collections are held at many of the Island’s churches and supermarkets, and people can donate directly to the Foodbank warehouse in Cowes.

Foodbank vouchers can be issued at more than 100 different locations, including doctors’ surgeries, health visitors and schools.

Tony said: "It is still very new and it is still the case that people don’t know about it. It is not just for unemployed people — it is for anyone. In one year, we have fulfilled 382 Foodbank vouchers just at our centre. That’s 875 people in one year.

"I would like to say thank you to anyone who has given."

Sainsbury’s, Newport, held a collection for the Isle of Wight Foodbank on Saturday, September 15, and collected 871.4kg of food.

Tanya Blake, PR ambassador for Sainsbury’s, said: "We are so pleased to have the Foodbank charity in our store. It is heart warming to see Islanders helping others in need."

Another collection will be held on Saturday, October 13, between 9.30am and 3.30pm, at Waitrose, East Cowes.

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The Anglican Diocese of Portsmouth is donating part of the £19,000 raised in the Bishop’s Lent Appeal to Foodbanks across the South East, including the Isle of Wight.



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by Mike Crowe

1st October 2012, at 19:24:35

Phil as someone with first hand experience, perhaps you would be good enough to answer my question then.

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by phil cooper

1st October 2012, at 16:30:20

I suspect that most of those who have commented here have no direct experience of Foodbank. As they are run as drop-in centres with provision for tea/coffee, why not spend some time at one and find out first-hand what the root causes of peoples' needs are? I'm a volunteer at Ventnor at it's been a real eye-opener.

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by Andrew Duggan

1st October 2012, at 13:17:48

Although I've never used a food bank myself, I am among that group of people who do. They are on occassion used due to laziness, incompetence or just plain greed- why waste money on food for the kids when you can use it to buy cheap cider instead? That much is true. They do, however, provide a vital lifeline for a number of people who for whatever reason (perhaps their benefits have been stalled by official error, perhaps a partner has died and they are currently sorting out revisions to finances, the list is endless) find themselves in dire need. I always support them where I can and leave it to the organizers backed by Social Services etc to decide who is in need.

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by Kevin Barclay-Jay

30th September 2012, at 18:50:20

I refuse to celebrate the necessity for a food bank on our Island....the council should be ashamed of themselves and this must be another nail in their coffin

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by Mike Crowe

30th September 2012, at 18:31:08

Can someone please explain to me, in this age of a 'pay out state', with such monies going out left right and centre to anyone who says 'I want', why there is such a thing, in the United Kingdom, as a food bank?

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by kevin froment

30th September 2012, at 16:37:55

i understand the idea of the celebration is to celebrate(sorry) the reality of a very good idea being in place for a year, im sure the cake was either donated or made using donated items

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by David Bartlett

30th September 2012, at 15:41:13

The concept of celebration and the reality and significance of the Island's need for food banks don't sit easliy together.

Any views or opinions presented in the comments above are solely those of the author and do not represent those of the Isle of Wight County Press.

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