News during one week, March 2013

by richardhutton

News during one week, March 2013:


“Figures obtained by the BBC suggest around 6,000 people have been given vouchers for emergency food parcels by benefits officials in the last year” (BBC).

‘Tweeddale foodbank reaches crisis point’ (Peebleshire News)

“Nearly 400 people have been sent to a foodbank for emergency handouts before it opens. The service, in West Lothian, has already dished out more than 3200 meals to 388 people” (Daily Record).

“More than 100 people a week are being fed by the Isle of Wight Foodbank, latest figures show” (County Press Online).

“Weston Foodbank plans to expand in order to offer more help to residents who are struggling to pay food bills…Ian Fraser, organiser and volunteer for Weston Foodbank, said: “In January 2012 we helped 100 adults and children and distributed one tonne of food to them. This January we helped 179 adults and children and distributed more than two tonnes” (Weston Mercury).

‘Groups gather to launch foodbank’ (Luton Today)

‘Food parcels to help Teesdale people’ (Northern Echo)

‘Foodbank opens in Billingham town centre’ (Northern Echo)

‘Foodbank group launches Kids Stuff bank to help children in Stroud’ (Gloucestershire Echo)

“A New food bank in Caldicot, which starts collecting goods on Tuesday, could feed more than 350 people in its first year, according to organisers Churches Together” (South Wales Argus)

“Six tonnes of food and toiletries are being made available for North Warwickshire residents as the borough prepares to launch its first free foodbank” (Tamworth Herald).

‘Liverpool’s two cathedrals launch foodbank’ (BBC)

‘Food bank to open in the Swansea Valley village of Ystalyfera’ (South Wales Evening Post)

“A food bank will be launched in Todmorden this summer to supply emergency provisions and other essentials for people in financial difficulties” (Todmorden News)

‘Food banks set to feed more families’ (Bolton News)

‘Volunteers needed for Pontllanfraith food bank’ (Caerphilly Observer)

“A Food bank is being set up in Hexham to cope with the growing tide of people struggling to make ends meet in the economic downturn” (Hexham Courant)

‘Leeds food banks braced to feed thousands’ (Yorkshire Evening Post)


Britain is the seventh wealthiest economy in the world. Our Parliament spends approximately £5 million per year on food and drink – this is publically subsidised.