More Islanders than ever short of food at Christmas

By David Newble

Sunday, December 29, 2013

 

FOOD parcels handed out to people who are short of money are having to be rationed because of rising demand for the service.

The IW branch of the Citizen’s Advice Bureau (CAB), which gives needy people vouchers so they can claim parcels at the foodbank, has had to ration the number it hands out, forcing staff to chose those who are most deserving.

Lee Hodgson, from the IW CAB, said: "It is an awful situation to put our staff in and it has upset them."

The IW Foodbank has handed out a record number of food parcels this month.

In the whole of December last year, the foodbank helped 538 people with parcels but in the first two weeks of this month, the charity has already helped 400 people.

Hannah King, of the IW Foodbank, said: "We are experiencing record amounts of people coming in.

"People are experiencing real hardship."

Tougher rules for people claiming benefits, continuing debt problems for many families and low or frozen wages are being blamed for the crisis.

Hannah added: "There are families out there who are struggling."

Meanwhile, Island MP Andrew Turner has explained his decision not to support a motion last Wednesday calling for government research about foodbank use to be published.

He said several MPs raised concerns the motion was being used as a political football and the motion contained a number of controversial Labour Party policies, such as energy price freezes.

Reporter: davidn@iwcpmail.co.uk

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by Mike Crowe

30th December 2013, at 17:13:21

David, even the free lunch for those who visited the food bank, was paid for by someone.

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by David Blackford

30th December 2013, at 15:36:33

Someone once said "There ain't no such thing as a free lunch. Maybe they ain't tried a foodbank

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by David Blackford

30th December 2013, at 09:46:32

Not going over this one again - It has all been said

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