Foodbank set up for struggling families in Shoreham

The Argus: Fareshare project manager Mike Mcnally with Argus editor Michael Beard Fareshare project manager Mike Mcnally with Argus editor Michael Beard

A new foodbank is being set up in Shoreham as more people in Sussex struggle to feed their families.

Hundreds of people have been travelling miles to get emergency food parcels.

Now churches which are part of the Adur Churches Forum have come together to set up the foodbank, which will open in September from the Shoreham Community Centre in Pond Road.

It comes as about a third of people asking for emergency food parcels in Worthing travelled up to six miles from Shoreham for help.

Matt Davies, the pastor for Church of Christ the King’s congregation in Shoreham, said they approached Trussell Trust about starting a franchise of the foodbank in Shoreham.

This weekend is the new foodbank’s first collection. Then the charity will be approaching frontline care professionals, including hospitals, schools and social workers.

Mr Davies said: “Worthing has had a Trussell Trust foodbank run by the Jubilee Community Church since 2007.

“A third of their clients are from Shoreham postcodes – and they fed 2,000 people last year.

“It’s pretty scary stuff.”

New research released this week shows one in 10 adults in the region have skipped meals, gone without food to feed their families or relied on relatives or friends for food.

Today volunteers will be collecting donations of food from shoppers in Tescos, alongside charities the Trussell Trust and FareShare, which distributes left-over and unwanted food to charities.

'Dramatic rise'

It is the second of two days of collections in almost all of the supermarket’s stores across the country.

Tesco held its first national collection in December last year, raising the equivalent of 2.4 million meals for people in need. The retailer tops up donations by a further 30%.

A spokeswoman from Brighton and Hove’s FareShare branch said the last six month period has seen a “dramatic rise” in the food distribution service.

The branch has started working with Tesco’s to ensure that surplus food from their home delivery network is not wasted – providing 65.5 tonnes in the last six months, making the supermarket the charity’s single biggest supplier.

The charity has also started delivering to a number of towns outside of Brighton and now has routes to Littlehampton and Lewes.

In the first six months of this year Brighton and Hove FareShare shipped more fruit than in the whole of 2012.

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3:39pm Mon 8 Jul 13

jimbobmaginty says...

Got idea but i hope some type of check is being done on the people claiming the free food, some of my ‘Single Mum’ neighbours have claimed free food recently stating they are unable to feed their children yet they still have money to buy their fags and Costa coffee everyday!
Got idea but i hope some type of check is being done on the people claiming the free food, some of my ‘Single Mum’ neighbours have claimed free food recently stating they are unable to feed their children yet they still have money to buy their fags and Costa coffee everyday! jimbobmaginty

3:44pm Mon 8 Jul 13

Hoarder12345444 says...

It's pretty desperate stuff and goes to show people are still really struggling out there. The Tories don't care. They never will.

I hope people dont take advantage of it.

I am sure there are people with no shame who claim they need it and dont so they can use money to buy other things.

If that is the case that's truly wrong.
It's pretty desperate stuff and goes to show people are still really struggling out there. The Tories don't care. They never will. I hope people dont take advantage of it. I am sure there are people with no shame who claim they need it and dont so they can use money to buy other things. If that is the case that's truly wrong. Hoarder12345444

4:08pm Mon 8 Jul 13

Dwayno says...

I'm always staggered at how many of the "poorest in society" are also the most obese. Perhaps skipping meals and going without occasionally is not the end of the world?
I'm always staggered at how many of the "poorest in society" are also the most obese. Perhaps skipping meals and going without occasionally is not the end of the world? Dwayno

4:16pm Mon 8 Jul 13

GötterdämmerungMusic ♪ ♫ ♩ ♬ says...

For a solution to this, see the Gull Story...

Also I'd these people only spent less on fags .....Sky, Mobile phones and drink.... If only eh?
For a solution to this, see the Gull Story... Also I'd these people only spent less on fags .....Sky, Mobile phones and drink.... If only eh? GötterdämmerungMusic ♪ ♫ ♩ ♬

4:39pm Mon 8 Jul 13

whatevernext? says...

Hoarder12345444 wrote:
It's pretty desperate stuff and goes to show people are still really struggling out there. The Tories don't care. They never will.

I hope people dont take advantage of it.

I am sure there are people with no shame who claim they need it and dont so they can use money to buy other things.

If that is the case that's truly wrong.
You are wrong.. I care - and I vote Tory..

But you're right about the ones with no shame - claiming they need when really they don't.. Lets hope they are the minority..
[quote][p][bold]Hoarder12345444[/bold] wrote: It's pretty desperate stuff and goes to show people are still really struggling out there. The Tories don't care. They never will. I hope people dont take advantage of it. I am sure there are people with no shame who claim they need it and dont so they can use money to buy other things. If that is the case that's truly wrong.[/p][/quote]You are wrong.. I care - and I vote Tory.. But you're right about the ones with no shame - claiming they need when really they don't.. Lets hope they are the minority.. whatevernext?

6:09pm Mon 8 Jul 13

alyn, southwick says...

Dwayno wrote:
I'm always staggered at how many of the "poorest in society" are also the most obese. Perhaps skipping meals and going without occasionally is not the end of the world?
One reason they are obese is because its often unhealthy and high calorie food that is cheapest.
[quote][p][bold]Dwayno[/bold] wrote: I'm always staggered at how many of the "poorest in society" are also the most obese. Perhaps skipping meals and going without occasionally is not the end of the world?[/p][/quote]One reason they are obese is because its often unhealthy and high calorie food that is cheapest. alyn, southwick

6:29pm Mon 8 Jul 13

leftysmellbags says...

I guess there are some struggling families out there but I notice they never tell us what nationality these families are. Plus like all systems if they set themselves up for freebies to the so called disadvantaged then they will grab your hand off. I wonder how many of these people that turn up for freebies then sell it on for drugs or just turn up anyway coz its free not coz they need it to survive. Its like the council tenenant smoking a £7 a pack cigarettes complaining to the camera about how they are supposed to live on benefits. But don't let these facts get in the way of the food banks claiming that people are starving out there. Don't get me wrong there are some unfortunates but most of these are not English and the rest are just piZZT&kers.
I guess there are some struggling families out there but I notice they never tell us what nationality these families are. Plus like all systems if they set themselves up for freebies to the so called disadvantaged then they will grab your hand off. I wonder how many of these people that turn up for freebies then sell it on for drugs or just turn up anyway coz its free not coz they need it to survive. Its like the council tenenant smoking a £7 a pack cigarettes complaining to the camera about how they are supposed to live on benefits. But don't let these facts get in the way of the food banks claiming that people are starving out there. Don't get me wrong there are some unfortunates but most of these are not English and the rest are just piZZT&kers. leftysmellbags

7:14pm Mon 8 Jul 13

alyn, southwick says...

leftysmellbags wrote:
I guess there are some struggling families out there but I notice they never tell us what nationality these families are. Plus like all systems if they set themselves up for freebies to the so called disadvantaged then they will grab your hand off. I wonder how many of these people that turn up for freebies then sell it on for drugs or just turn up anyway coz its free not coz they need it to survive. Its like the council tenenant smoking a £7 a pack cigarettes complaining to the camera about how they are supposed to live on benefits. But don't let these facts get in the way of the food banks claiming that people are starving out there. Don't get me wrong there are some unfortunates but most of these are not English and the rest are just piZZT&kers.
All those who come to my church have been white british and mainly in permanent accommodation or confirmed homeless, not itinerant. But don't let facts get in the way of your opinions, their bound to be more correct!
[quote][p][bold]leftysmellbags[/bold] wrote: I guess there are some struggling families out there but I notice they never tell us what nationality these families are. Plus like all systems if they set themselves up for freebies to the so called disadvantaged then they will grab your hand off. I wonder how many of these people that turn up for freebies then sell it on for drugs or just turn up anyway coz its free not coz they need it to survive. Its like the council tenenant smoking a £7 a pack cigarettes complaining to the camera about how they are supposed to live on benefits. But don't let these facts get in the way of the food banks claiming that people are starving out there. Don't get me wrong there are some unfortunates but most of these are not English and the rest are just piZZT&kers.[/p][/quote]All those who come to my church have been white british and mainly in permanent accommodation or confirmed homeless, not itinerant. But don't let facts get in the way of your opinions, their bound to be more correct! alyn, southwick

8:17pm Mon 8 Jul 13

Chris_K says...

jimbobmaginty wrote:
Got idea but i hope some type of check is being done on the people claiming the free food, some of my ‘Single Mum’ neighbours have claimed free food recently stating they are unable to feed their children yet they still have money to buy their fags and Costa coffee everyday!
They have to be referred to a foodbank. Once they get that, they will get food for 3 days & usually only allowed 3 referrals per year.

I don't believe you when you talk about your neighbours & you do know the plural of anecdote is not data don't you ?
[quote][p][bold]jimbobmaginty[/bold] wrote: Got idea but i hope some type of check is being done on the people claiming the free food, some of my ‘Single Mum’ neighbours have claimed free food recently stating they are unable to feed their children yet they still have money to buy their fags and Costa coffee everyday![/p][/quote]They have to be referred to a foodbank. Once they get that, they will get food for 3 days & usually only allowed 3 referrals per year. I don't believe you when you talk about your neighbours & you do know the plural of anecdote is not data don't you ? Chris_K

12:57am Tue 9 Jul 13

yawnnn says...

Wow sounds familar from the 1970's worrying times ahead for some years to come!!!
Wow sounds familar from the 1970's worrying times ahead for some years to come!!! yawnnn

8:38am Tue 9 Jul 13

HJarrs says...

What a terrible state we have fallen to that people depend upon food banks, whilst others happily jeer at their misfortune.
What a terrible state we have fallen to that people depend upon food banks, whilst others happily jeer at their misfortune. HJarrs

9:22am Tue 9 Jul 13

redwing says...

jimbobmaginty wrote:
Got idea but i hope some type of check is being done on the people claiming the free food, some of my ‘Single Mum’ neighbours have claimed free food recently stating they are unable to feed their children yet they still have money to buy their fags and Costa coffee everyday!
Your payment from Central Office is pending, no doubt.
[quote][p][bold]jimbobmaginty[/bold] wrote: Got idea but i hope some type of check is being done on the people claiming the free food, some of my ‘Single Mum’ neighbours have claimed free food recently stating they are unable to feed their children yet they still have money to buy their fags and Costa coffee everyday![/p][/quote]Your payment from Central Office is pending, no doubt. redwing

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