Report this comment
  • "
    Grumpygirl wrote:
    RollandSmoke wrote:
    Please don't just thumb me down, if you disagree with what I'm saying tell me why. This isn't me being party political, this is the reality of the situation regardless of who ends up steering the ship after the next election. I have suggested a means of dealing with this reality, whats yours? Do we really want to see vast chunks of the population being thrust further and further into desperation when the number of taxpayers to pay for everything reduces?
    In the end, if all the jobs are automated, there would be nobody with any money to buy the goods and services and the system would correct itself.

    However before that happened there would be enormous social upheaval with the rich expecting the government of the day to keep order. That might prove difficult because the rich, as always, would not be paying their taxes, so the Government would be deeply in debt and running a stringent austerity programme. So no jobs, no benefits and no military to shoot the workers and keep order.

    This is where the Tory politics of greed, inequality and unfairness gets you. The means of production should be taken from the rich and given to the workers.
    Thanks for that. It would seem that the right wing is doing what they do with most problems that are brought to their attention and going into denial. Of those who are not the majority are quite happy with the idea of domicide with the more compassionate right wingers (of which there are not many) preferring more implementation of eugenics programs and the promotion of homosexuality due to the fact that gay couples cannot reproduce. Ultimately though they will go along with whatever the psychopaths at the top decide no matter how inhumane. Morality doesn't come into the equation. Hitler got to where he did due to such people."
  • This field is mandatory
  • This field is mandatory
  • Please note we will not accept reports with HTML tags or URLs in them.


  • Enter the above word in the box below

Soup kitchen set to open food bank in Bradford

HOPE: Founder and Board Member of Intouch Foundation food bank, Osman Gondal, with some of the donated food

HOPE: Founder and Board Member of Intouch Foundation food bank, Osman Gondal, with some of the donated food

First published in News
Last updated
Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , Bradford Chief Reporter

A soup kitchen is expanding to open a food bank with hopes of supporting families reluctant to ask for help.

The InTouch Foundation Food Bank will officially start later this month, but already the organisation has helped people referred to it.

InTouch Foundation founder Osman Gondal hopes that by collecting donations in mosques, South Asian families will be encouraged to speak out and request support.

“What we’ve found is that 90 per cent the people using food bank services across the Bradford area are, generally speaking from white local backgrounds.

“I know there’s a need within the South Asian community and that people from this community aren’t coming forward - we’re conducting research to find out what the cause is.

“We’re going to be working with the mosques and that will be a direct link with ourselves. People can talk to an iman and tell them why they are struggling. It’s taking the mosque back to what it was, which is a community hub.”

Mr Gondal said it was too early to say why South Asian families were less likely to come forward, but suggested it was perhaps cultural and a lack of knowledge about services on offer.

“People don’t know what’s on offer to them, they’d rather contact friends and family,” he said.

The food bank, which will be run entirely by women, has always been part of the plan for the InTouch Foundation which runs weekly soup kitchens in Bradford, Shipley and Keighley.

Mr Gondal said the food bank, which gives out food parcels to last between three and five days, was about more than handouts.

“It’s not just about the pack. It’s about what support we can give to people as well, whether that be healthy eating advice or financial planning - how you can stretch a pound to last a day rather than just going and getting a 99p chicken and chips.

“It’s a more holistic approach.”

People will be referred to the charity service through agencies such as job centres and Bradford Council. The service will be piloted in Bradford working with ten mosques and three schools, with plans of expanding later.

Mr Gondal said InTouch Foundation was a non-political organisation, but he felt welfare changes had led to more people struggling.

“There are some people that are really struggling and don’t know where their next meal will come from,” he said. Earlier this week the InTouch Foundation was contacted about a mother who had completely run out of money and had no idea how she was going to feed her children.

“Within hours we were able to provide her with an emergency food pack.”

Mr Osman said food would be collected weekly from mosques, schools and other centres and stored at Sharing Voices base in Clifton Villas, Bradford.

The organisation is appealing for help to buy pallet racking to store and pack the food for distribution.

Anyone who can help should contact Mr Gondal on 07865 994953.

Comments (26)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree