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About food banks- just a bit surprised really

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topbannana Mon 29-Apr-13 21:21:35

I have just come across a notice in the paper from church, appealing for donations for the local food bank.
Thankfully I have never had need for a food bank but I think they are a great idea and I was happy to buy extra and donate.
The list however was quite specific (understandable) but I was amazed to see requests for custard, rice pudding, biscuits and sugar. In my book these would be considered luxuries, in that if I was short on my grocery budget we would forego them.
Surely the food bank is there to supply people with emergency essentials not extras? As it goes I will simply buy loo rolls, pasta, powdered milk or something else off the list and ignore the bits I don't agree with. I don't really think I am but AIBU?

IncognitoIsMyFavouriteWord Mon 29-Apr-13 21:23:30

because the people that need them just might need a little treat considering things are so badhmm


Fairylea Mon 29-Apr-13 21:24:50

Goodness me. Poor people should only eat bread, water and vegetables. God forbid a struggling family might want to actually give their child an occasional treat in an otherwise miserable week.

hobnobsaremyfave Mon 29-Apr-13 21:25:40

Yes let them eat gruel


AllThatGlistens Mon 29-Apr-13 21:26:21

It'll be gruel and the workhouses next ffs hmm

SanitaryOwl Mon 29-Apr-13 21:26:53

YABslightlyU buy the healthy things, and don't begrudge the people who need charity a little treat. It's thinking like yours that ensured people in workhouses lived on gruel.

Pancakeflipper Mon 29-Apr-13 21:27:03

Sugar is a basic isn't it ? ( we bake alot so always got at least 3 types in)

Rice pudding is hardly a roulade - that's basic too isn't it? And filling.

Sounds an ok list to me.

Dementedhousewife Mon 29-Apr-13 21:27:06

FFS, no treats for the poor?
Here have a biscuit.

LRDtheFeministDragon Mon 29-Apr-13 21:27:21


Do you not think sugar and sweet things could be quite good for someone who is low on energy?

I doubt they are choosing those things just to provide 'luxuries'. You obviously think you know best, however.

Yonionekanobe Mon 29-Apr-13 21:27:46

Why not just donate gruel and be done with it hmm

hobnobsaremyfave Mon 29-Apr-13 21:28:20

Demented don't give the op a treats allowed.

Yonionekanobe Mon 29-Apr-13 21:28:46

Oops - major crossposts!

Bridgetbidet Mon 29-Apr-13 21:28:47

I have actually had to calm myself down before replying to this as it has made me so angry.

The people who use these kind of banks are in the most desperate, horrible depressing circumstances. Would you really be that much of a miserable bitch that you would deny them the tiny pleasure of a packet of biscuits which cost about 25p?

A bit of custard might be the nicest thing that happens to some of these people in their weeks. Your attitude seems to be almost that you want them to be punished again by having horrible food too because being poor is somehow their fault.

I buy stuff for a foodbank and yes I do put practical stuff in like pasta but I always put in a chocolate pud or some character spaghetti shapes for kids. Honestly, if it bought the tiniest bit of pleasure to someone in such nasty circumstances I think it would be worth a billion times more than powdered sodding milk.

MissAnnersley Mon 29-Apr-13 21:28:52

Does it really take that much imagination to wonder why these items are put in?

Remarkably it seems to be so.


picnicbasketcase Mon 29-Apr-13 21:28:58

Luxury items that would be surprising on such a list would be foie gras, quails eggs and caviar. Sugar, not so much.

StuffezLaYoni Mon 29-Apr-13 21:29:11

Yes, those well-known extravagances like tinned rice pudding and custard. They'll be wanting truffles and caviar next.

When you're so far into the shit you have to resort to a food bank, the slightest little highlight, like being able to give your kids some pudding, make a difference.

Jengnr Mon 29-Apr-13 21:29:16

YABU in thinking food banks are a good idea as well.

We should be ashamed people in an allegedly civilised society are reduced to using them. Bitterly ashamed.

MissyMooandherBeaverofSteel Mon 29-Apr-13 21:29:32

Yanbu to buy what you want, but yabu about your attitude to a bit of rice pudding or a bag of sugar, can you imagine being so tight financially you need to use a food bank and what a small luxury like that would mean.

I donate to ours monthly and I always buy 'treat' things, if we were in that position my kids would be ecstatic to get some biscuits.

Lorelailovesluke Mon 29-Apr-13 21:29:33

Nothing wrong with food that is filling and has calories to keep people going.

noisytoys Mon 29-Apr-13 21:29:38

If a family has absolutely no money and has to use a food bank, this will most probably be the only treat they have. YABU!!!

TeamEdward Mon 29-Apr-13 21:29:49

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

ClaraOswald Mon 29-Apr-13 21:30:00

Rice pudding is warm and filling.

Corygal Mon 29-Apr-13 21:30:50


Which, in either context, is not a luxury.

UniS Mon 29-Apr-13 21:30:52

Custard makes stewed fruit into a pudding that children might actually eat.

PastaBeeandCheese Mon 29-Apr-13 21:31:05

YABU. I have just set up a standing order to my local food bank. I trust the organisers know what people need.

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