Food aid Wyre Forest's top welfare plea

Kidderminster Shuttle: Volunteers at Kidderminster Foodbank. Volunteers at Kidderminster Foodbank.

HELP with food is the highest area of demand on Wyre Forest’s welfare scheme, figures have shown, as families struggle to feed themselves.

A report to Wyre Forest District Council’s overview and scrutiny committee showed 423 requests for food were received under the authority’s local welfare scheme between April 1 and September 30 this year - 109 were refused.

The committee also heard the amount of money provided to the programme from Worcestershire County Council is set to drop by £2,000 to £240,000 in the next financial year, (2014/15), despite the demand.

Foodbank vouchers are issued as part of the scheme for use at Baxter Church-based Kidderminster Foodbank, where they can be exchanged for three days worth of food. The main reason for refusal was repeated requests, as just three vouchers can be issued in any six-month period.

Access to housing, which includes help providing furniture, bedding, cutlery and cookery, was the second highest area of demand on the welfare scheme, mainly to assist those who have moved out of furnished privately-rented housing into unfurnished social housing.

People who had to move due to relationship breakdowns or to flee domestic violence were also provided with given help.

Figures showed 126 appeals for furniture were approved, with 46 sofas, 43 microwaves, 40 wardrobes and 19 double beds among items handed out with help from the British Heart Foundation and Forces Support charities.

Residents whose pleas were refused were given advice, support and names of other agencies who could assist, according to the report.

Welfare staff also received 37 requests for help with energy and utilities, with 25 refused.

Meanwhile, volunteers at the foodbank have praised the generosity of Wyre Forest residents after an appeal at Tesco stores in Kidderminster and Stourport collected 1.7 tonnes of food and added Christmas items.

Kidderminster Foodbank opens at Baxter Church in the Kidderminster town centre on Mondays and Wednesdays from 12.30pm until 3.30pm and Fridays between 9.30am and 3.30pm.

Anyone needing help can call 07523 896280, 01562 746600 or email kiddyfb188@gmail.com The Shuttle’s Blackwell Street office is also a donation point.

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9:51am Tue 31 Dec 13

ObjectionableContent says...

I refuse to support food banks as they serve to prop up failing government policy. It's disgusting that in a first world nation people are going hungry, for the sake of party politics.
I refuse to support food banks as they serve to prop up failing government policy. It's disgusting that in a first world nation people are going hungry, for the sake of party politics. ObjectionableContent

12:31pm Tue 31 Dec 13

P.C kiddi says...

What glorious logic. Lets let them starve because it shouldn’t happen in one of the wealthiest countries in the world. I agree we should get rid of this Government, but until that happens turning your head and walking away is not the answer. People are there and in crisis through an uncaring administration that allows and doesn’t care that its citizens are below the poverty line.
What glorious logic. Lets let them starve because it shouldn’t happen in one of the wealthiest countries in the world. I agree we should get rid of this Government, but until that happens turning your head and walking away is not the answer. People are there and in crisis through an uncaring administration that allows and doesn’t care that its citizens are below the poverty line. P.C kiddi

10:38pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Rosemary Lobley says...

ObjectionableContent
, I can see your point (and certainly the Tories' abhorrent characterisation of food banks as a Big Society win is kind of nauseating), but sadly your boycott won't really do much to either feed people or address the systematic problems that have led to food banks' becoming a necessity. Mark Garnier's been extolling the virtues of the egregious Osborne elsewhere in the Shuttle; maybe you could write to him and explain why he's wrong? It wouldn't do much, but it's probably more effective than doing nothing because you don't like the way things are done.
ObjectionableContent , I can see your point (and certainly the Tories' abhorrent characterisation of food banks as a Big Society win is kind of nauseating), but sadly your boycott won't really do much to either feed people or address the systematic problems that have led to food banks' becoming a necessity. Mark Garnier's been extolling the virtues of the egregious Osborne elsewhere in the Shuttle; maybe you could write to him and explain why he's wrong? It wouldn't do much, but it's probably more effective than doing nothing because you don't like the way things are done. Rosemary Lobley

12:28am Sat 4 Jan 14

harryurz says...

egregious - like it! Not a word one sees much in everyday use.
egregious - like it! Not a word one sees much in everyday use. harryurz

9:12pm Sat 4 Jan 14

Europeanist64 says...

The Food Bank is practicable help for very needy people, especially children. Please help them. Of your charity and humanity.

This situation is a product of a failed market system in which the economy will certainly recover, but the recovery will not reach the poor and working people, who make up 60% of the poor.

Cameron out!
The Food Bank is practicable help for very needy people, especially children. Please help them. Of your charity and humanity. This situation is a product of a failed market system in which the economy will certainly recover, but the recovery will not reach the poor and working people, who make up 60% of the poor. Cameron out! Europeanist64

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