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To put wine and chocolate in the food bank?

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Nunyabusiness Wed 20-Sep-17 09:19:02

Picked up a miniature white wine and a 5 pack of twirls, husband was aghast. My view is that people who are struggling to feed their families wouldn't have funds for such treats.

(I did also put tinned fruit and veg in, by the way!)

Witsender Fri 22-Sep-17 08:34:40

Cash is always welcome, but unless in dire emergency would tend to be spent on running costs not food. Not all centres are set up like us, but we have large premises to pay for, a van to run and insure, a couple of part time staff etc.

Witsender Fri 22-Sep-17 08:33:18

We manage to keep a standing stock of between 10 and 11 tonnes purely off donations from individuals, 'bits and pieces'. This has been up to 14 tonnes, at which point we start getting a bit squeezed for space.

We are down to 8 tonnes at the moment which is worrying, that is probably only between 3 and 4 normal months worth to go out. Luckily we have harvest festival time coming up before Christmas or we could be a bit stuck. We do have a big shortage of some very key items at the moment, which is odd.

AnnaT45 Fri 22-Sep-17 08:09:39

This is a really great thread! Thanks for all the Information!

I too donate gluten and diary free bits as my 2 year old has allergies and it breaks my heart thinking of a child who has a limited choice already having very little to choose from.

For those who are sceptical maybe go work in one for a session and meet the people. Hear their stories.

I heard the other day on tv that over a million people use food banks each week. You can't think a million people are 'abusing the system'. And that one poster in particular is coming across as very heartless

ArcheryAnnie Fri 22-Sep-17 08:08:14

Presumably the most useful thing is to donate cash? People individually adding bits and bobs seems amazingly inefficient.

splendide, you are right - it is more efficient just to donate cash, and if you do that, then your local food bank will love you!

I think that for many people - including me - who can't guarantee they will always have enough every week to donate (eg I've got small standing orders to a few charities already, and I can't really add any more as a regular thing), then bunging a few extra tins in their trolley when they are feeling flush is an easy thing to do. A great deal of charity fundraising is based on making it very easy for people to donate, and collecting food donations does make it easy for people, even if it strictly speaking isn't the most efficient.

SquirmOfEels Fri 22-Sep-17 07:58:41

"Sanitary towels and tampons are desperately needed"

Not at mine, they are on the 'we have enough at the moment' list.

Please check what your food bank wants as it's not the same for all

splendide Fri 22-Sep-17 07:56:14

I think I'm just overthinking it really.

splendide Fri 22-Sep-17 07:55:31

I certainly didn't mean to suggest people shouldn't donate food if that's what they want to do. I was just thinking i want to do something as a regular thing - I presume they'll (the food bank or the recipients) will know better than me what to get though.

makeourfuture Fri 22-Sep-17 07:49:42

Presumably the most useful thing is to donate cash? People individually adding bits and bobs seems amazingly inefficient

You know, good things are happening. People are being helped.

It is strange that we have a very good food distribution system in place, and yet have to create this whole separate system.

But many people are helped.

letmepeeinpeace Fri 22-Sep-17 07:39:48

Sanitary towels and tampons are desperately needed

WhiskyTangoFoxtrot Fri 22-Sep-17 07:33:51

The whole basis is that it runs on donations, whether in kind or just as cash.

It is amazing, but not inefficient.

Though it does help if people look at any lists their local one posts about wanted/not wanted.

Also, to do so before deciding what to sent in with their DC if they go to a school which holds Harvest Festival and which gives donations to food banks.

splendide Fri 22-Sep-17 06:36:00

Presumably the most useful thing is to donate cash? People individually adding bits and bobs seems amazingly inefficient.

safariboot Fri 22-Sep-17 02:41:20

"When you visit, you will see disabled people with nothing. If they don't work (and many can't), if they don't have family or friends to live with/feed them, they die."

This is now happening in Britain, because of people like you ptumbi.

Andylion Fri 22-Sep-17 02:36:12

I don't think any food bank accepts formula due to guidelines from UNICEF.

That's interesting. My local food bank, (in Canada), has formula as one its most needed items.

HornyTortoise Fri 22-Sep-17 02:00:38

And I've said the cheats have been reported. Makes no difference. These are not jsut a few people - they are Dps immediate neighbours,

Still lurking and reading when I should be sleeping blush

But this is just silly. You could get people to possibly believe you personally know one person..who lets you know the complete ins and outs of their financial situation, who is claiming multiple benefits (disability ones too, which are a lot more complicated than simply saying 'I have a bad back' and being awarded them. No proof = no award. Lots of proof = sometimes no award too) whilst also working cash in hand, bragging about this to all the workers around them, and somehow finds the time to still be constantly taking drugs and in the pub all the time, smoking, with their 78 inch plasma and sky sports package.

But to claim you know multiple people like this. Who have all been reported and nothing done..even though the things they have been reported for will be easy to prove (and benefit fraud reports are taken very very seriously, with 3,000 more benefit fraud investigators than investigators whom focus on tax evasion, despite evasion costing over 3x more***) if they are as blatant as you would have us all believe....

Well bluntly, its just fantasy.

I don't understand what you actually have to gain by making obviously false posts like this? You need to make it semi-believable I am afraid.

As I said, maybe you could get away with claiming that you know one person who does all of this. Maybe its plausible this one pisstaker has been lucky so far in not being caught when reported (though if they are quite as blatant as you say, this wouldn't happen either, unless you think fraud investigations officers have no training or experience at all in what they do) but several cases like this, in the same area, all known by the same person...well grin


* 3765 benefit fraud investigators V 700 or so on evasion among the wealthiest. 1.3bn lost to illegal benefit fraud V 4.4bn illegal tax evasion (7bn when adding tax avoidance, which is actually legal)

Want2bSupermum Fri 22-Sep-17 01:48:59

Living in America where the homeless and at need population is much larger means donations are needed. We donate branded items mainly. At Christmas we donate new gifts for the children.

We do a lot with the boys and girls club and set up a birthday party package for kids whose families can't afford to celebrate their birthday. We pay for a cake from our local supermarket that makes fab cakes (think sheet cake which is Disney themed or self styled), candles and if they want a party we pay for the space and they can pick a theme from 6 options (Mickey mouse, paw patrol etc). Of course catering is included.

Different charities have different criteria which is based on the needs of the people they are helping. If those they are helping don't eat pork or have diabetes certain foods won't be found on their wanted list. Always ask.

HornyTortoise Fri 22-Sep-17 01:25:32

Only a couple of pages in and placemarking to finish tomorrow as I really must sleep. But the couple of posters who seem to be hellbent on stopping people donating? With the same old 'say you have a bad back and you will be given the world, no questions asked' (because draconian 'medicals' that frequently involve people in comas, or obviously severely disabled people as fit for work don't exist right hmm) 'I know the ins and outs of multiple peoples income situation, inlucing exactly what benefits they recieve and the fact that they are working cash in hand (whilst simultaneously being able to sit in the pub all day drinking or smoking weed in their front yards 24/7)..but do not report them as its obviously more useful to spout this bullshit on forums in the hope of turning others against the poor' and so on...shame on you. Seriously. So full of hate.

Will never understand how people can come onto threads like these, about people in genuine need, and pull this crap. If you disagree with donating to foodbanks and helping people who need help, fine. Good for you. Don't donate. But to actively try and discourage others from donating by making up lies? Totally wrong, and disgusting to boot.

Anyway, night all and will finish tomorrow. By then maybe a couple of new people who know all of these people falsely claiming disability benefits will have joined the thread. Hey, it could even be useful. Maybe these thousands upon thousands of people who somehow manage to 'beat the system' can teach the genuine disabled how they can actually recieve benefits they are entitled to, rather than be found fit over and over again when they are clearly anything but and have mountains of evidence from professionals to back this up. I mean, its a simple as saying you have a bad back right?

BabychamSocialist Thu 21-Sep-17 23:10:08

We can never have too much disposable cutlery. It always gets used, even if it's just to make drinks with or give soup. We don't have the facilities to wash dishes so all plates/cups/cutlery are disposable.

DeleteOrDecay Thu 21-Sep-17 22:58:51

And we would send them off with disposable cutlery

Would disposable cutlery be worth donating?

rightsofwomen Thu 21-Sep-17 22:33:20

Many of the volunteers are people who have used the service at some point. They have a good understanding and show empathy.

rightsofwomen Thu 21-Sep-17 22:31:21

blackheart the drop in centre I volunteer at (which distributes food boxes) DOES accept fresh food. In addition to the crates Tesco donate of food just past sell by, local companies often bring things over e.g. we've have wheels of Brie, eggs, fresh veg from someone's allotment, boxes of muffins.

Some things get put out front for clients to have with their coffee, some things get given to clients with their food.

If someone brought olives in I am sure they would get taken.

bookbook Thu 21-Sep-17 22:17:57

mygorgeousmilo thank you for the very insightful posts - you are a star
I donate to my local Trussell Trust, and check the needs/non needs before hand.
Has it been mentioned up thread ( I may have missed it) that food banks are always under more pressure during school holidays, as children who do receive free school meals, do not get extra help during those times. So I always do and extra donation then.
I read on a previous thread on the subject that people in B & B accommodation may only have kettle/toaster and possible microwave, so my donations tend to be things which can make a meal using these.

Cosynook Thu 21-Sep-17 22:14:23

Black Olives are no different to phone topups and Dove bodywash and Birthday cakes.

Some children in Surrey may enjoy olives. After all, most posters here like to add a 'treat'.

Queenofthedrivensnow Thu 21-Sep-17 22:10:49

Buttery - hiphop knows better obviously!

That documentary by Professor Green was pretty informative about foodbanks and how using them makes families feel.

BabychamSocialist Thu 21-Sep-17 21:52:24

If wine got donated to our food bank, it would go to the soup kitchen in the same town. They will use it at Christmas when they put on a Christmas lunch or it will get raffled off to raise more funds for the organisation. Both the food bank and soup kitchen are run by the same charity, so stuff goes between them that isn't suitable for one but is for the other.

E.g. once a lovely cash and carry donated about 20 bags of rice with about 10KG in each. Realistically, the food bank couldn't give those out but the soup kitchen was using them for months and were very grateful.

As for the chocolate, I don't see any issues with donating that. We always donate some nice things like that along with toiletries. Just because someone is using a food bank, it doesn't mean they become less human. That Twirl bar might be the only thing that makes them feel good that week. I volunteer, and when we make up a parcel for someone, we always try to put things like that in if we can.

peaceloveandbiscuits Thu 21-Sep-17 21:46:52

I read hiphop's post in the voice of Nigel Slater

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