Not Five Loaves And Two Fishes..?

Reverend Chris Lewis, chair of the East Side food bank at Mount Zion Baptist Church, in Swansea, told The Independent that the number of families referred to the food bank last Friday was twice as high as average.

“We got to a critically low level,” he said.

“The absence of free school meals during holidays contributes to a certain amount of hardship and pressure on food banks.”

Ah, yes! The time when people who prefer to spend their child benefit money on other things than feeding their spawn start searching around for an alternative method of mooching…

“I wasn’t able to count exactly how many people came in on Friday because I had to go out and get a bag of large potatoes from off site to help with the demand.”

One big bag of potatoes?!?

The situation prompted Carolyn Harris, MP for Swansea East and shadow minister for women and equalities, to launch a campaign asking people to bring in bags of food donations to her constituency office.

Pretty stupid, why not ask them to take the donations straight to the food bank?

Unless….the photo opportunity that will give you is more important to you than ‘feeding the poor’..?

7 comments for “Not Five Loaves And Two Fishes..?

  1. Penseivat
    August 7, 2017 at 9:56 am

    Demand will always exceed supply. If free food is offered, it will not only be the homeless, the poor, or the vulnerable who will take it. There will also be those who park their Audis and Range Rovers a couple of streets away; those who complain they can’t feed their kids as they have to pay for multi sports channels on their bungalow sized tv sets; those who are just chancers, following their mantra of “If it’s free, I’ll have some of that.” If they can’t feed their kids in the school holidays, either don’t have kids or stop buying £150 trainers.

  2. John in cheshire
    August 7, 2017 at 10:18 am

    It seems to me that these food banks are yet another scam that has morphed into a mini industry. It’s now self serving rather than serving a perceived problem.

  3. Richard
    August 7, 2017 at 11:05 am

    One bag of self-raising flour for carbs, a block of lard for fat, a bag of dried peas for protein, a kilo of frozen vegetables for vitamins. Total cost is less than three quid for a week’s supply of food.
    All right it’s an austere diet, but it’s liveable-on for a short term emergency. Add beans, a tin or two of sardines, a bag of oranges, some rice, mushrooms, onions and curry powder and maybe an egg or twelve and live like a king for £25 a month.
    Oh, and buy Bic razors at 10p each instead of very expensive multi-blade “systems.” They are, surprisingly, just as good if not better.
    Food banks protect the so-called poor from the consequences of their own inertia, bad choices or lack of intelligence. Sorry but there it is.

  4. August 7, 2017 at 12:40 pm

    There’s certainly a whiff of scam to it.

  5. August 7, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    There seems to be a lot of talk about the lack of free school meals during the holidays at the moment. Is there going to be a push by campaigners to try to get the government to continue providing meals even when the sprogs are off school?

    • Errol
      August 7, 2017 at 8:36 pm

      Many of those parents find the holidays annoying as their free day care is removed.

      You’d almost think their children were just cash generators. Oh! Hang on, that’s *exactly* how they think of them. The slobs below want another kid so they can get a bigger place.

  6. Errol
    August 7, 2017 at 8:32 pm

    Each month, the state takes £1200 from me. I get about 50p of that back, the state consumes the rest. Downstairs are two freeloaders whose lives I pay for in their entirety.

    Food banks are not necessary. Welfare is very generous. It gives a free home and exemption form the endless taxes I pay. What’s lacking is an ability to budget. A parent should provide a packed lunch, not dump it on the tax payer. It’s part of being a parent.

    If I can make a chilli, serving 3 people last for 4 meals (for all of us) for under £12 then so can they. They’ll just have to do without the things they want, like booze and cigarettes.

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