ISLAND FOODBANKS SET TO GAIN £15,000 IN FIGHT AGAINST FOOD POVERTY

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A local housing association has stepped in to provide vital funding for the Isle of Wight Foodbank.

Recognising the incredible work that their foodbanks across the Island have been doing to support some of the Island’s most vulnerable residents, Southern Housing Group has provided £5,000 of grant funding directly towards their running costs.

Councillor Lora Peacey-Wilcox, the Mayor of Cowes, said:

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“The Isle of Wight Foodbank has been providing instrumental support over these past few months and it is great to see them being supported in return. Southern Housing Group’s support will be a huge help in our fight against food poverty and our commitment to helping the community through these challenging times. As a town, we are extremely grateful to both Southern Housing Group and the foodbank.

Anabel Palmer, Director of Community Investment and Care at Southern Housing Group, added:

‘Although the island is no longer in lockdown, the need to access high-quality, affordable food has not gone away. Southern Housing Group is keen to support Isle of Wight Foodbank in any we can to ensure no-one goes hungry.’

Foodbanks can be a critical lifeline in times of crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic has been no different. The Trussell Trust, which seeded the Isle of Wight Foodbank, found that there was an 89% increase in food parcel demand and 67% rise in household referrals to foodbanks at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic with demand continuing to increase.

Southern Housing Group has also grant-funded £10,000 towards the cost of a new delivery van. Hannah King at the Isle of Wight Foodbank said:

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‘The van will be a valuable addition for our collections and deliveries service, enabling us to distribute food to hubs around the island.’

The financial support for this scheme is part of Southern Housing Group’s wider food poverty strategy. Through its community investment budget, the Group is supporting a number of foodbanks and projects across London and the South East to ensure that local communities have access to healthy and affordable food.

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Mad Benny

What a disgrace for the UK, to have to supply food banks, yet still allow in the worlds poor to then have to feed, house, treat and educate. We should be ensuring our own and those already here are looked after first, not keep importing ever more until the needs has grown so great we can’t even then feed our own.
 
 

realist

if southern housing have money to give away then they are charging the government too much rent on the properties they rent to those on benefits.
 
clearly rinsing the taxpayer these leeches are.

TONY

They need to teach finance in school and food nutrition, with the likes of aldi you can leave on good food for a whole week for under £25…
Drop the cigarettes and booze….and then you wont need a foodbank…

Teacher knows best

Please give more details on how you have achieved this.

realist

i would have agree with you tony about 10 years ago, however, when you consider the cost of food now, you will struggle to feed yourself healthily for under £40 a week.   Thing is, it isn’t just food though – toilet roll, shampoo, shower gel, toothpaste, deodorant, replacement clothing, household cleaner, bin bags and other items need to bought regularly and then there are those items that need replacing from time to time, such as razors/toothbrush etc   when you are living on JSA and have to pay a portion of your rent, a portion of your council tax,… Read more »

Teacher knows best

Thank you realist well said.

TONY

Not being funny…you clearly dont have a clue, sky tv…internet, phone bill you havent lived on the bread line. Food should be your priority, way more important then that rubbish. As for clothing suck it up, charity shops…cheap and sometimes brand new with labels in them. If your a crafty survivor you can buy and sell on ebay… Increasing your spending power. im serious about food shopping under £25 weekly. Dont buy branded and stay clear of processed food, avoid sugary food just makes you more hungry. Cook from scratch, keep it simple & fresh / generally. I dont even… Read more »

realist

sadly tony- it is you that doesn’t have a clue.   i was on JSA years ago – i had a one bed flat i rented, no sky, no internet, no car, no mobile phone, no washing machine (hand washed everything)   i had to pay some rent, as not all covered by housing benefit, i had to pay some council tax -not all covered by council tax benefit – i had a 50% off bus fares, job seeker pass – still had to pay the other bit to get to interviews and restart sessions and required to attend or… Read more »

realist

for the record tony – i got out of that position by finally getting a job and working every hour available, putting in 60 to 70 hours a week minimum on some weeks. To see the breadline now, i have to look down and whilst I cannot see it, I know it is there and I am extremely cautious about making sure I have cash saved, in case it all goes pear shaped and the breadline looms into view again

Teacher knows best

I agree with you realist, and unfortunately in order to apply for jobs now the Internet is needed as most applications are on line, and at one point this was linked to the DSS if they didn’t see any online application you didn’t get any money and in turn all other benefits where stopped because to them no DSS means you’re working and then you have that sorry mess to sort out, I bought up two wonderful children on my own, it’s not only single people and young couples using the food banks, when you factor in school uniform PE… Read more »

realist

exactly, teacher knows best – couldn’t agree with you more.   and of course if you didn’t have an active claim in, then the unemployment figures looked better for the government.   being a single parent and trying to make that cash stretch to school trips, field trips, bit of spending money, not to mention trying to do birthdays etc is just another “ball in the air to juggle” when it comes to getting by on benefits.   state pension is fixed income and if the rent/food/bills always go up faster than state pension increases!   You always hear people… Read more »

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