Parents 'skipping meals to feed their children'

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ALMOST one in ten people in the south west have skipped a meal, gone without food to feed their children or relied on family and friends for food in the last year, according to research just published.

The figures have been released by Tesco, which has also confirmed it will be the first supermarket to partner with the foodbanks run across the country by Salisbury charity the Trussell Trust.

Salisbury foodbank sees the reality of food poverty on the ground every day.

More and more people are finding themselves in need of help to feed their families, and nationally the foodbanks fed almost 110,000 people in the last six months, compared to 128,697 people in the whole of last year. Chris Mould, executive chairman of Trussell Trust said: “Across the UK Trussell Trust foodbanks are seeing thousands more people in crisis turn to us for help.

“Every day we meet parents who are skipping meals to feed their children, or people who are forced to choose between eating and heating.

“This winter is looking particularly bleak as food and energy prices rise while incomes remain static.”

The research found that in total, around 10 per cent of people in the South West have suffered from some form of food poverty in the last 12 months, with 5 per cent of people skipping meals and 4 per cent relying on friends or family to provide food.

Significant numbers of parents had also gone without food to feed their children.

The research also found that in the last year, 20 per cent of people in the region had changed their eating habits, buying less expensive food or reducing the amount they eat.

The Trussell Trust is anticipating an even big demand for emergency food nationwide this Christmas.

Tesco is launching the partnership by holding a nationwide food collection at 800 stores on December 1 and 2. The UK’s biggest supermarket is taking the lead in helping foodbanks to feed people going hungry in the UK. Food surplus charity Fareshare is also getting involved, helping the trust to distribute some of the food received.

Mr Mould said: “We are delighted that Tesco is working with The Trussell Trust’s network of over 280 UK foodbanks and FareShare to help stop people going hungry this Christmas. We’d like to encourage everyone to give a can or two to help make this Christmas a happier one for people in crisis. Thank you.”

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9:08pm Sat 1 Dec 12

markwillt says...

what a load of bull from tescos, they are hoping to increase sales and expect customers to buy food at extortionate prices to give away to less fortunate people so as to increase profits and line the pockets of the rich, they should become conservative MPs as they expect us all to beleive they are there to help
what a load of bull from tescos, they are hoping to increase sales and expect customers to buy food at extortionate prices to give away to less fortunate people so as to increase profits and line the pockets of the rich, they should become conservative MPs as they expect us all to beleive they are there to help markwillt
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11:34pm Sat 1 Dec 12

SaveTheCarParks says...

So the Trussell Trust have sold their soul to the corporate greed of Tesco.

Shame on them!

(And those statistics are nonsensical)
So the Trussell Trust have sold their soul to the corporate greed of Tesco. Shame on them! (And those statistics are nonsensical) SaveTheCarParks
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12:03am Sun 2 Dec 12

karlmarx says...

SaveTheCarParks wrote:
So the Trussell Trust have sold their soul to the corporate greed of Tesco.

Shame on them!

(And those statistics are nonsensical)
The figures are accurate. A search around the web confirms this. Even a famous Conservative supporting newspaper agrees...

Staggering rise of the British food bank: One opens every week after rise in families unable to afford to eat
One in five Britons are borrowing money for groceries because of the soaring cost of living...
Shocking figures have revealed that every week a new food bank opens  in Britain as more people find themselves struggling to make ends meet.

And the number of people needing emergency aid is expected to rise with  many food banks operators worried that the full impact of the recent budget will not kick in until 2013.

There are now over 190 food banks nationwide, 88 of which were launched in 2011 alone...
Food bank recipients are not usually the homeless -  they are low-income working families who hit crisis, people who have been made redundant or people experiencing benefits delays...
Chris Mould, chief executive of the Trussell Trust, operates a nationwide network of 170.

'More and more people on low incomes are finding it impossible to make it to the end of the week. Across the UK the Trussell Trust food bank network is facing dramatic increases in demand for help as front line care professionals refer more of their clients to us,' he said.

Food banks have noticed that there has been a marked increase in the number of young people needing help since January, 2011 when the (Conservative) government scrapped the Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA) paid to working class youth to seek higher education.


The motives of Tesco may be questionable to say the least but, I doubt whether those who rely on food handouts would question the outcome.
[quote][p][bold]SaveTheCarParks[/bold] wrote: So the Trussell Trust have sold their soul to the corporate greed of Tesco. Shame on them! (And those statistics are nonsensical)[/p][/quote]The figures are accurate. A search around the web confirms this. Even a famous Conservative supporting newspaper agrees... Staggering rise of the British food bank: One opens every week after rise in families unable to afford to eat One in five Britons are borrowing money for groceries because of the soaring cost of living... Shocking figures have revealed that every week a new food bank opens  in Britain as more people find themselves struggling to make ends meet. And the number of people needing emergency aid is expected to rise with  many food banks operators worried that the full impact of the recent budget will not kick in until 2013. There are now over 190 food banks nationwide, 88 of which were launched in 2011 alone... Food bank recipients are not usually the homeless -  they are low-income working families who hit crisis, people who have been made redundant or people experiencing benefits delays... Chris Mould, chief executive of the Trussell Trust, operates a nationwide network of 170. 'More and more people on low incomes are finding it impossible to make it to the end of the week. Across the UK the Trussell Trust food bank network is facing dramatic increases in demand for help as front line care professionals refer more of their clients to us,' he said. Food banks have noticed that there has been a marked increase in the number of young people needing help since January, 2011 when the (Conservative) government scrapped the Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA) paid to working class youth to seek higher education. The motives of Tesco may be questionable to say the least but, I doubt whether those who rely on food handouts would question the outcome. karlmarx
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2:29pm Tue 4 Dec 12

Favicon says...

I think the number is much higher than 1 in 10.
I think the number is much higher than 1 in 10. Favicon
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11:51am Thu 6 Dec 12

markwillt says...

wait till the bedroom tax and poll tax cap kicks in if you think its bad now, we are to be treated like animals by this government, they see anyone living in social housing as a burden and will treat them as the south africans teat the blacks, they are to be forced out of ther homes with nowhere else to go, please dont give me any crap about the scroungers as they are a minority there are more genuine people who will be forced into poverty and as usual the sctoungers will find the loopholes
wait till the bedroom tax and poll tax cap kicks in if you think its bad now, we are to be treated like animals by this government, they see anyone living in social housing as a burden and will treat them as the south africans teat the blacks, they are to be forced out of ther homes with nowhere else to go, please dont give me any crap about the scroungers as they are a minority there are more genuine people who will be forced into poverty and as usual the sctoungers will find the loopholes markwillt
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