Blog

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.

Tags : foodbanks shopping food benefits foodparcels goinghungry

Man on a fresh start needs help

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.

Tags : Benefits prison releasedfromprison nowhitegoods oven foodbanks junkfood

All move for a family of eight!

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.

Tags : homelessness housedatlast universalcredit nofood foodbanks evicted

Foodbanks are like buses!

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.

Tags : foodbanks peoplegoinghungry

Another foodbank helped

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.

Tags : foodbanks

One offer of help helps many!

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.

Tags : foodbanks

TwitterG+DiggDigg

2017 - The Biscuit Fund