Taunton Food Bank stocked up thanks to generous Knightstone Housing donation

Somerset County Gazette: Taunton Food Bank stocked up thanks to generous Knightstone Housing donation Taunton Food Bank stocked up thanks to generous Knightstone Housing donation

TAUNTON Food Bank has received over 100 items donated by staff at Knightstone Housing.

Employees gave items such as powdered milk, tinned vegetables, spaghetti, tinned fruit, tea and coffee, tinned meat, pasta sauces, rice, noodles, jam, cereals and biscuits.

Vicky James, individual empowerment team manager, said: “Our team refers residents who are in particular need of services such as food banks all year round.

“It’s great that our staff have got involved and donated so many items for people who need them.”

The housing association holds bi-monthly collections, donating to a different food bank every time.

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4:26pm Sat 17 May 14

SocialistParty..SomersetBranch says...

One million people are now being fed by food banks. In an effort to cut across the horror and sympathy this figure generated, government sources have denounced the author, Trussell Trust charity, as '"misleading and emotionally manipulative".

The Mail on Sunday went further, sending an undercover reporter to a Nottingham food bank to prove that he could get three days free food without having his story checked out. In reality he reported that he was 'asked a series of questions'.

And as @KennyDownSouth tweeted: "No, no Daily Mail. The scandal isn't that food bank volunteers didn't check your cretin's ID. The scandal is that food banks exist at all."

The so-called upstanding Christian ethics of the Mail on Sunday in Easter Week attempted to portray one million people as scamming the system, asking us to believe that even though many have secret stashes of tinned sausage and beans at home they'd rather rip off the local food bank and artificially inflate the food bank figures.

In response to this poor excuse for genuine investigative journalism, £38,000 was donated in a matter of hours - heart-warming evidence of human solidarity.

Capitalist failure

It's not surprising that the Con-Dems and the big business-owned press attack food banks. They are a physical manifestation of the failure and inability of capitalism to solve the most basic human needs.

In the sixth largest economy on the planet people are going hungry because of soaring rent and bills, austerity measures, wage cuts and unemployment.

The economy is supposedly in recovery, sales of luxury goods are booming. Whole streets in Chelsea are bought up by oligarchs and sit in darkness as empty investment holdings.

There are more than enough resources to enable all the people of this island and the planet to have warmth, shelter and food - but we don't all have these things.

The logic of capitalism is that, as Oxfam revealed, Britain's five richest families are worth more than the poorest 20%. This is Con-Dem 'all in it together' Britain.

Labour is also implementing the cuts agenda, contributing to the extension of the food bank queues. Labour MPs might run marathons in the name of eliminating hunger but Labour-led councils are slashing benefits, jobs and services just as much as their Tory and Lib Dems counterparts.

The Labour leadership has endorsed the expansion of food banks by committing to Tory spending cuts if it forms the next government.

We need an alternative. Councillors have a choice not to make cuts - but all the establishment parties are making us pay for the bankers' crisis.

On 22 May there will be over 550 trade unionists, socialists and anti-cuts activists offering a no-cuts alternative under the banner of the Trade Union and Socialist Coalition (TUSC).

Candidates for the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition will offer hope that we can fight for a future where food banks are utterly redundant - not a growth industry.

Help us build that struggle. See www.tusc.org.uk

All of us standing for TUSC in May will make one pledge above all else: We will not raise our hands and vote for cuts to jobs, services or benefits.
One million people are now being fed by food banks. In an effort to cut across the horror and sympathy this figure generated, government sources have denounced the author, Trussell Trust charity, as '"misleading and emotionally manipulative". The Mail on Sunday went further, sending an undercover reporter to a Nottingham food bank to prove that he could get three days free food without having his story checked out. In reality he reported that he was 'asked a series of questions'. And as @KennyDownSouth tweeted: "No, no Daily Mail. The scandal isn't that food bank volunteers didn't check your cretin's ID. The scandal is that food banks exist at all." The so-called upstanding Christian ethics of the Mail on Sunday in Easter Week attempted to portray one million people as scamming the system, asking us to believe that even though many have secret stashes of tinned sausage and beans at home they'd rather rip off the local food bank and artificially inflate the food bank figures. In response to this poor excuse for genuine investigative journalism, £38,000 was donated in a matter of hours - heart-warming evidence of human solidarity. Capitalist failure It's not surprising that the Con-Dems and the big business-owned press attack food banks. They are a physical manifestation of the failure and inability of capitalism to solve the most basic human needs. In the sixth largest economy on the planet people are going hungry because of soaring rent and bills, austerity measures, wage cuts and unemployment. The economy is supposedly in recovery, sales of luxury goods are booming. Whole streets in Chelsea are bought up by oligarchs and sit in darkness as empty investment holdings. There are more than enough resources to enable all the people of this island and the planet to have warmth, shelter and food - but we don't all have these things. The logic of capitalism is that, as Oxfam revealed, Britain's five richest families are worth more than the poorest 20%. This is Con-Dem 'all in it together' Britain. Labour is also implementing the cuts agenda, contributing to the extension of the food bank queues. Labour MPs might run marathons in the name of eliminating hunger but Labour-led councils are slashing benefits, jobs and services just as much as their Tory and Lib Dems counterparts. The Labour leadership has endorsed the expansion of food banks by committing to Tory spending cuts if it forms the next government. We need an alternative. Councillors have a choice not to make cuts - but all the establishment parties are making us pay for the bankers' crisis. On 22 May there will be over 550 trade unionists, socialists and anti-cuts activists offering a no-cuts alternative under the banner of the Trade Union and Socialist Coalition (TUSC). Candidates for the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition will offer hope that we can fight for a future where food banks are utterly redundant - not a growth industry. Help us build that struggle. See www.tusc.org.uk All of us standing for TUSC in May will make one pledge above all else: We will not raise our hands and vote for cuts to jobs, services or benefits. SocialistParty..SomersetBranch
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