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Food bank dilemma

One of our Biscuits (a fond term we use for each of our Biscuit Fund members) noticed in her local paper that a food bank was struggling to deal with the increasing demands on their services, with more and more people coming to them for help.  They are a small food bank that operates within their local area without any bigger support from elsewhere.  We agreed between us that we would set aside £100 to purchase some non-perishable food items.  Our Biscuit organised for some shopping to be done, tinned tomatoes, potatoes, rice pudding, jars of spaghetti sauce, pasta, rice, jams, tea, coffee, as well as toiletries, such as shampoo, toilet roll, deodorant, shaving foam, shower gel, nappies and baby wipes.  The items were delivered to the food bank in question.  Needless to say the shopping was gratefully received.

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Heavily pregnant mother struggling to make ends meet!

We were made aware of a young mum, 34 weeks pregnant and still working part time to bring some money into the household.  Her partner stays at home to look after their disabled son.  They were behind with their bills despite her doing all she could.  She was aware that their second child was due very soon and she had nothing prepared for their arrival and was worried out of her mind about their bills and how they would cope.  They were offered help with an application for Disability Living Allowance for the child, and referred for help with budgeting.  We sent over a sum of £150 for her to get some food and some items in place ready for the new baby.

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Back to the wall!

We have been very busy and have a lot of cases to catch up on and don't always get time to blog what we've been up to.  So lots of catching up posts tonight while we have some time.

We had been alerted to a gentleman that was literally without food, gas or electricity.  There was an issue with his benefits claim which had had a knock on effect on his housing benefit and council tax assistance and was in certain danger of being evicted.

We were able to guide him to help with his benefits and sorted out a delivery of shopping to be sent to him so we knew he had food, as well as some money to put on his meters for gas and electricity.  He updated us shortly after to say that following the advice his benefit claim had been sorted and put in place.

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