Monday, December 23, 2013

On the food bank hysteria...

Media Personage: "Mr Average, you use a food bank. Correct?"

Mr Average: "That's right. I mean, why pay for food when you can get it for free?"

MP: "But why have you started to use one now? Is it because the evil Coalition have been deliberately starving you on ideological grounds?"

MrA: "Not really. It's just that I didn't realise that there were people giving away free food until I read about them in the paper on my way to work."

MP: "And there you have it: more and more people are using food banks because the evil Coalition—cruelly limiting a household's benefits to an equivalent pre-tax income of a mere £34,000—are starving them utterly to death. On purpose. Back to you in the studio, Tom."

Tom: "Er…"

25 comments:

JuliaM said...

Spot on!

Edward Spalton said...

A local church does a great deal of good works, amongst which was recycling of second hand clothes from their mostly quite well-to-do congregation. One of th organisers noticed that they had a very regular clientele who were extremely choosy and only wanted designer labels. From the frequency of their visits and the fact that they were not really bothered about the fit, she worked out that these free clothes were being acquired for resale.

The church now sends these items to charity shops and the "need" for second hand clothing has declined sharply.

Anonymous said...

An Eton dickhead isn't ever going to understand.

Woolfie said...

Anonymous

Don't be so hard on yourself, I'm sure you didn't go to Eton. You can't help being a dickhead

Ethan said...

The very same Britain that has an Obesity criss. Britain is number one in the EU obsity stakes, Eire comes second.

Whilst simultaneously 'Britain isn't eating'.

Verily this is a miracle akin to the Loaves and Fishes isn't it?
Right time of year....evil tories Thatch etc etc

Bill Quango MP said...

What#s the interest on a foodbank?
I have some Mango that aren't doing much. Could I get a return on them?

Ryan said...

Just donate baby milk formula. Everything you need in that. You sure as hell wouldn't CHOOSE to eat it mind. You'd only eat that if you genuinely were desperate.

John Smith said...

If its free, they will come. Half way across the world when it comes to our welfare state

Anonymous said...

As far as I know, you can't just walk into a Food Bank and choose your groceries, you have to be referred by Social Services, Job Centre or other official body.

It's all very well scoffing and making mockery of it but when you are forced, through no fault of your own to use a Food Bank, it's a different matter.

Colonel Shotover said...

Can't wait for the booze banks to open - we'll really be queueing round the corner then

Carnwennan said...

Food banks don't exist because they are needed, they exist because they are unopposed. The left wants proof of genuine poverty, the right loves the idea of targeted non-cash based benefits.

Anonymous said...

..and Lo! E-bay beckoned..and the clothes were bought by the Philistines ... as for the food..Thanks!

Ed P said...

There's a food bank behind every supermarket - they throw away huge amounts of unspoiled food every day, just because some EU muppet decreed that all packets must have a sell-by date. The canny poor arrive just before the shops close to snap up the reduced items.
Whet the UK needs is not food banks but obesity skips, into which families could chuck their overweight couch-potatoes. Apparently calling someone fat is offensive - so what DO you call those wobbly lard-mountains with more stomach folds than a sow has breasts, dressed insufficiently in over-stretched fabrics of dubious taste?

DirtyButClean said...

This post is disgraceful.

As the author would find out if he bothered to do his research, food banks are not open to the general public - you have to get referred by frontline professionals who make an assessment of need (e.g. the CAB or social workers).

Anonymous said...

To anyone who says: "Food banks only donate food to people who are referred hy social services or an official body, I have to say that is not the case with the three food banks I am aware of.

One woman my wife and I know has three jobs -two cash in hand- and earns about £30 to 40,000 a year and she gets food from a local food bank. Which she shares with friends and relations as she really doesn't need it, as she told us.

At least one other food bank prides itself on helping anyone.

JuliaM said...

"The canny poor arrive just before the shops close to snap up the reduced items."

Delete 'poor' from that - just 'canny' will do! Even I've been known to drift that way to see what fresh meat or fish is available for the freezer.. ;)

Just avoid the horrible ready meals.

Anonymous said...

Fuck off, you rich tory cunt.

DavidNcl said...

Next step along the road - community kitchens (with the ladles in the hands of the right people, of course).

AndrewWS said...

Food past its sellby date is often donated by supermarkets and sandwich bars to charities than do soup runs and pass it on to rough sleepers, ie people who REALLY need it.

People are often referred to foodbanks because their benefit payments have been delayed. This is usually the fault of inefficient civil servants etc. Sort the public sector out and the problem goes away. Donate to foodbanks and you encourage their incompetence.

Marius said...

I'm flabbergasted at the lack of altruism being displayed here by so many people. Weirdly, it seems to be those on the supposed left of politics who are the most against helping others. Have we gone back to the days of castigating people for not cleaning their front step? It's not as if foodbanks were funded by taxpayers, after all - they're all charitable as far as I know.

The Stigler said...

DirtyButPoor,

As the author would find out if he bothered to do his research, food banks are not open to the general public - you have to get referred by frontline professionals who make an assessment of need (e.g. the CAB or social workers).

A frontline professional? like a cafe near Bristol? Bethnel Green Mission Church? The YWCA in Harlow? That sort of "frontline professional"?

The whole thing stinks, and the "frontline professional" thing is part of that. Those are not frontline professionals and I've looked at 3 areas that publish their lists, and they are littered with lots of groups that are not "frontline professionals".

It's supposed to make you think these are verified genuine cases and that there's a real problem rather than some people just taking free food.

Anonymous said...

what about the 3 m obese people sharing some of their goodness with the so called 300,000 foodbank users?

Roehamster said...

'The church now sends these items to charity shops..' which do the same sorting and filleting of donated items, before selling the best and sending the rest somewhere further downstream..

Anonymous said...

Anon
"As far as I know, you can't just walk into a Food Bank and choose your groceries, you have to be referred by Social Services, Job Centre or other official body.

It's all very well scoffing and making mockery of it but when you are forced, through no fault of your own to use a Food Bank, it's a different matter."

You have fallen in to teh falacy of thinking if 300k groups choose the same name they are all the same. Some (normally long standing) food banks take referals from benifits agencies and job centres as the only basis for referal. Some just give it out to whoever.

It is like those countries who put "democratic" or "peoples" in the name are not democratic or act in the interest of their people.

CityUnslicker said...

the price of food is a real scandal. As noted above, the forced throwing away of food drives prices up hugely as supermarkets and reailers have so a large chunk of spoilage - this means they must charge far more for what they do sell. Do away with this and food prices could come down, doing away with any need for foodbanks.

Dk is still right thouhg, how come 300k people have fallen into complete poverty just as the economy has turned around. When things were really bad in 2009 did we have 300k people starve to death?

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