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Monday, 20 October 2014

Evening Mail joins bid to help feed South Cumbria's hungry

NEEDY Cumbrians being forced to walk up to 20 miles for emergency food rations has been branded a “sad indictment” of the times.

Yesterday the Evening Mail revealed Barrow’s Food Bank has users who have walked from Ulverston to Barrow on foot.

MPs have now urged residents to step forward and provide any assistance they can.

Organisers of the Food Bank, in Abbey Road, Barrow, have said many of their users have little more than a kettle to prepare their meals and are asking for donations such as noodle based snacks and dried soup packets so the neediest recipients can still receive hot food.

John Woodcock, MP for Barrow and Furness, said: “It’s a sad indictment of what’s happening that families need the food bank at all.

“The fact that people are spending a whole day walking to get to the food bank is a disgraceful state of affairs.”

South Lakes MP Tim Farron said: “Even one person in poverty in South Cumbria is one too many for me.

“Although it is a wonderful and beautiful place to live, there are undoubtedly pockets of extreme poverty, which we must continue working to end.

“I want to work on an all party basis and with everyone in the community to try and deal with poverty in our area.

“I want to pay tribute to the churches, staff and volunteers who man and support the foodbanks.

“They really are unsung heroes and do amazing work to help the most vulnerable in our community.”

Dot Jackson, treasurer for the Barrow Food Bank, said one woman in her 50s walked from Ulverston to Barrow in pouring rain. She said: “She arrived here looking like a drowned rat.

“She had I don’t know how many layers on and had walked all the way from Ulverston.

“We filled her bags with food but we felt totally useless because we couldn’t pay for her transport to get her home.

“If they can’t afford food, they certainly can’t afford transport.

“If they have cars they can’t afford to run them, and they don’t want to tell friends or relatives because they feel ashamed.”

“They walk here whatever the weather, then they have to walk home with tins and other heavy stuff.“A single person will probably get three carrier bags full of food. “And we have families of three, four, five, six children. “Imagine how many carrier bags that takes. “We tell people to bring a pram or a trolley.“These people are totally desperate.

The Evening Mail is backing the Barrow Food Bank and is acting as a collection point.

If you would like to donate any of the items listed, visit the office in Abbey Road, Barrow, between 9am and 5pm.

On the food bank shopping list is pasta; rice; small tins of meat; tinned fish; tinned fruit and vegetables; sugar; teabags; instant coffee; soup; UHT milk (full fat or semi-skimmed); UHT fruit juice; baked beans; tinned chilli; tinned tomatoes; rice pudding; pasta sauce; instant custard; jam; biscuits; snack bars; Pot Noodle type snacks.

  • These items are preferred rather than fresh produce.
Have your say

Hows this for a deal?
For every pound a person donates to the foodbank they are given a pound credit against income tax or the council tax by the government (whatever colours happen to be in control).

Come on Messrs Farron Woodcock and Reed do something useful for once instead of urging the 'community' to 'get together' to solve a problem the political class create.

Posted by Tony on 6 December 2012 at 16:36

the fact that we need the food banks is a disgrace. what kind of society have we made?. I have felt for some years now that it is a have and have not society, but we have reached the peak now.Osborne is now cutting benefits to those out of work through no fault of their own, or having benefits topped up whilst they are working for a pittance of a wage. Stop the witch hunts and support those who need help, but do not just accept this as the norm and ask for action to be taken by the government.

Posted by karen on 6 December 2012 at 12:48

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