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Neighbour went to CAB and refused food bank voucher? what does she do next?

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needtoleaveukforsunshine Wed 12-Jun-13 12:50:12

Looking for anybody with experience of food banks. My neighbour has just been round for a cup of tea and broke down in tears. She is a single parent student and has been really struggling as the part-time job which was helping her to manage has ended suddenly. She has put in a claim to the hardship fund at her university but has been told she won't hear for another week to 10 days. She told me that she went to the nearest CAB (10 miles away) by bus yesterday (cost her £5return) and was refused a food voucher. She is now in a panic about the next few days as has 2 children to feed (Dad not on on the scene).

I haven't got any spare cash this week but I made her a bag up of pasta/tinned tomato/some teabags/fruit juice/milk/eggs and tuna and a loaf of bread to see her through the next 24 hours. She is really worried about managing over the next week. She said the CAB were really unhelpful and wanted lots of written evidence about her hardship. She hasnt got this because she just submitted all her evidence to the university at the beginning of this week and they have told her over the phone that it is being processed. What does she do next? I thought the CAB were supposed to help people??

Any experts on here?

Charlesroi Sat 15-Jun-13 22:59:13

needtoleaveukforsunshine - you are a good friend. Well done for helping.

thefuturesnotourstosee Sun 16-Jun-13 07:52:03

needtoleaveuk YOU have restored my faith in humanity. Its lovely to know that there are people like you out there. So glad your friend now has some food for her and her children

VestaCurry Tue 25-Jun-13 03:18:10

What a great friend you are and you found some other good people to get her through this tough time.

ThresholdMum Tue 25-Jun-13 08:47:09

Sometimes when times are bad what matters most is knowing someone has your back, and can see your distress and will give a hand and will be a reliable prop in the uncertainty. Really well done needtoleave.

cjel Mon 26-Aug-13 16:22:20

Foodbanks only usually give out 3 lots in any one crisis, its meant for emergencies so she may not just be able to get every week.

bijukoshy Fri 15-Apr-16 23:34:01

Me really upset to hear what happened to that lady with children when she approached the CAB for a food voucher.Without evidence CAB could not help her seems to be too rude and inhuman in a welfare country like Great Britian. The people who run the CAB thinks they are evidence based, and so cheap to ask evidence in a civilized manner.Some times people may misuse the facility of food bank that is another side of the same coin that does not mean that some one in an urgency need to be treated in that way. This is to be addressed in a more civilised way and highly regret to understand how the CAB system works on a compassionate ground failed to identify the feelings of a mother without evidence.
What evidence the CAB have to refuse the mother for not producing the evidence?We need to set up a fairer system of food banks based on needs without evidence rather than approaching the CABs . The sikh temple always giving free food to millions of people around the world and they are the only religion capable of giving that wonderful God's service and i highly appreciate them , they are great!

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