Food banks

Transformation CPR food bank

Vice magazine has visited Transformation CPR Food Bank, and interviewed Donovan Gardner, the manager there.

The headline explains that when he began working at the Transformation CPR food bank ten years ago, they gave out 84 meals a year. Today, they provide 16,000 per month.

It’s a fascinating article, going behind the scenes of the independent food bank, one of the largest independent providers int eh UK, which serves the Camborne, Pool, Redruth area.

You can read the full article on the Vice website.


Food banks in general

Adrian Chiles also wrote about food banks in the Guardian, visiting his local one, and exploring what is, and is not, needed.

The short answer is:

YES to Christmas things, eg tinned ham, Christmas pud & cake, and biscuits and sweets without yards of packaging and no goodies!  Also UHT milk, long life fruit juice, custard powder and canned meat

NO to more baked beans, and they probably also have enough pasta and pulses too. And not mince pies.

You can read the full article here.

Food banks and Christmas

The Trussell Trust has predicted a rise in the use of food banks in the run up to Christmas, following December being their busiest month last year.

You can read their report with statistics around the use of food banks at this time of year, plus what you can do to help, on their website.


Wealth in the UK

A new study has shown that the UK’s six richest people are wealthier than the bottom 13.2 million people.  These six are billionaires, with a combined wealth of £39.4bn (estimated!) and fourteen million people living in poverty, at the other end of the spectrum.

The report has been produced by the Equality Trust, has the following stark headlines:

  • In the UK, the five richest families own more wealth than 13 million people.
  • Over the last ten years the number of billionaires in the UK has almost doubled and the wealth of the UK’s billionaires has more than doubled.
  • The richest 1% of people in the UK owns the same wealth as 80% of the population, or 53 million people.
  • 14 million people, a fifth of the population, live in poverty. Four million of these are more than 50% below the poverty line, and 1.5 million are destitute, unable to afford basic essentials.

You can read the Equality Trust’s press statement about the report, and find a link to it, on their website.