The launch of Foodbank was a moving and great success and a tribute to all of those involved.
It comes as no surprise that Nick Boles MP is keen to use the Foodbank as an example of ‘Big Society’ working.
With great compassion, many dedicated people are working their socks off as volunteers to set up the scheme and to help collect and manage the food donations.
But the launch is just the start. Foodbank needs help. In order to ensure food goes to the right families it is reliant on a food voucher scheme. So far the DWP and Job Centres have yet to commit to offering the vouchers to those in need at the Job Centre.
Foodbank estimate as many as a third of families eligible for their help are likely to be identified here. I have asked Rt.Hon Harriet Harman MP to approach the relevent ministers regarding this.
Secondly, whilst South Kesteven District Council has provided critical support with a start-up fund to get the project off the ground, funds are needed to maintain the project on an ongoing basis. Without the additional funds it could fail. Foodbank is asking local residents and businesses to sponsor it.
Until the Government tackle the inequality which is really driving the need for Foodbank, the least it can do is support those making up for the increasing number of holes in the safety net that our own benefits system is meant to provide.
Cllr Charmaine Morgan
(St Anne’s Ward)
45 Harrowby Road