Mar 27, 2019
A young mother who is employed but in receipt of Universal Credit to top up her income has found herself through no fault of her own without any money. She relies on the UC payment, but because her employer advised HMRC of an incorrect amount this has meant there was no UC payment. She has been existing on foodbanks for her and her 3 year old daughter. They have managed to secure an advance on the UC, and our agents are trying to get a resolution manager at the DWP to look at this lady's case as a priority one that needs resolving fast. We sent over £150 as her next wage is not due until the middle of April.
Aug 15, 2018
A mother who lives with her 20 year old daughter has had her ESA sanctioned for four weeks. She is suffering with mental health problems and this has left her in a very difficult financial situation. Her daughter has a part-time job, working 12 hours a week, but this is the only income they have at the moment. She has applied for a hardship payment, and has been given a food voucher. Our agents are assisting her to apply for PIP, but in the meantime, until her sanction is lifted in September she is very hard up. We agreed to send her £100 to use to buy food and top up her energy meters.
Jul 11, 2018
We had brought to our attention a food bank that was struggling to cope with the demand on its services. They had little or no food remaining and were concerned that they might not manage. They put a call out on social media for help and it was spotted by someone who contacted us to highlight their plight. As helping a foodbank potentially helps so many other people, we agreed to send them £100 so that they could purchase the supplies they were short of.
Jun 13, 2018
We were contacted as a matter of urgency by our agents who are assisting a man who will be 60 years old very soon. Back in December 2017 he was refused Employment Support Allowance, and apart from a couple of very small loans from his local authority and a few food vouchers has had nothing since then. He went to his local doctors and the staff there, donated items from their own lunches to give to him as he was in such a dreadful state. His doctors have prescribed him some supplements, as the lack of food has impacted severely on his health. His health issues, COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmony Disease), mobility issues, depression and anxiety, as well as having issues with the mobility of his hands means that signing on to Job Seekers Allowance would not be suitable for him right now. He does not even have the energy to get to the soup kitchens that run in the city where he lives. Our contacts are helping him to appeal the ESA decision, but due to how long it takes for the cases to be heard, it could be several months before he gets a court date. Our agents felt this was such a desperate situation and asked for our help, which we agreed to and sent over £100.
May 4, 2018
One of our Biscuits spotted that the foodbank near to where she lives was appealing for donations and running a food drive at one of the supermarkets nearby. They have had a massive increase in the number of people needing support over the past year which has resulted in their stocks becoming incredibly low. We agreed we would arrange for someone to purchase a supermarket voucher to the value of £70 and present it to them so they can use it to purchase exactly what is needed.
Apr 20, 2018
We had a call out for help with a foodbank that had posted on social media that they were very low on non-perishable items and concerned they might have to turn people away. This was a quick and easy decision, as one sum of money helps lots of people at once. We agreed to send them £60 so that they could use the money to purchase what they needed.
Oct 26, 2017
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.
Aug 2, 2017
We were contacted by a group that supports people, giving them the opportunity to a fresh start in life. This man was facing life on his own, following a brief spell in custody as he was no longer living with his wife on his release. All he had was a place to live, a bed and a kettle and was existing on sandwiches and junk food, the cost of which was prohibiting him from being able to save any money in order to purchase an oven. He can't access food banks as mostly the food they have available requires cooking. We agreed to send across enough money to supply an oven, and our agents said that they could from this sum get someone qualfied to install it for him.
Apr 13, 2017
We were approached about a desperate situation, a family with six children (possilby a blended family) that had been evicted from their home and made homeless. They'd been temporarily housed in a tiny flat up on the 14th floor of a high rise block of flats, and had been supported in that move of home by the council. Now though they've been offered more suitable and long term housing, in a first floor flat big enough for their needs. This is brilliant but they had no way to move their larger items of furniture, in fact, they've been relying on foodbanks for food for the eight of them as they are applying fr Universal Credit and there is a huge waiting period until any money is received. We sent across £250, £100 of which to help with the moving costs, the rest for food for them all.
We received an email on behalf of them, they said : Thank you so much that is amazing! 6 children and 2 very grateful parents say a massive thank you to all at the biscuit fund I hope their luck is finally changing.
Then this update: The family are now moving as we speak I haven't seen the mother smile since I first met the family until today it's so nice to know there are people who care when all appears so hopeless.
We sincerely at The Biscuit Fund hope that their luck will be changing for the better.
May 2, 2016
Another foodbank in desperate need of help. We are seeing more of more of them desperate for supplies in order to help those most in need. A £100 food shop was done and sent out to the foodbank in question. Needless to say they were very grateful.
May 2, 2016
It seems that the foodbanks are really struggling with bare shelves and unable to offer food parcels to those that so desperately need them. Another foodbank struggling in this way crossed our radar. We organised a shop which we had delivered to them so that they could refill some of their shelves and be able to help others so desperately in need. We try where we can to shop from the basics range so that we can help as many people as possible. Every single pound that is sent to the fund for help goes to projects just like this one.
May 2, 2016
We were alerted to a foodbank that was struggling to be able to offer food for the many people that were knocking at their door for help. We did a foodshop and sent over basics to the tune of £160. We were contacted by the organisation concerned to thank us and to say that this allowed them to help 50 families with food parcels for collection.