£100,000 of food is given out by Bradford Metropolitan Food Bank

Lashman Singh, who founded the Bradford Metropolitan Food Bank, with some of the donated produce

Lashman Singh, who founded the Bradford Metropolitan Food Bank, with some of the donated produce

First published in News

The number of food parcels handed out to needy people across Bradford by one city food bank has increased by 450 per cent in three years.

And last year, Bradford Metropolitan Food Bank distributed more than £100,000 of food to struggling families.

Figures released by the charity show the number of hand-outs has almost doubled each year since 2011, when it gave out 1,434 parcels.

In 2012, that number increased to 3,586 and last year it hit a record 7,843.

Lashman Singh, who founded the charity nine years ago, said he believed that figure could increase again this year.

“The number of parcels we are giving out has increased a lot over the last three years. The figures don’t relate to the number of meals, but the number of parcels we give out.

“Each parcel is worth between £12 and £15, which means last year we gave out over £100,000 worth of food.

“This just shows the massive generosity of the people of Bradford through their money and donations and we would like to thank them.

“We want to be accountable and show people where their money and donations go.

“We’re very grateful and need their continued support.”

Earlier this month, the charity urged anyone who bought too much food over Christmas and new year to donate the excess to help those grappling with the cost of the festive period.

It said it was expecting its busiest January and February ever and asked for cash and food donations.

Since then, food has been coming in through drop-off points at businesses in the district, and the Kirkgate Shopping Centre is to make a £1,600 donation to the cause.

Mr Singh said: “The Kirkgate centre has been collecting money for us as an ongoing thing and is a place where people can drop off food for us to collect.

“We’d like to thank them for their support.”

The charity, based at St Mary’s Church on East Parade, is asking for donations of non-perishable items, including tins of meat and fish, soup, spaghetti, beans, vegetables, fruit, rice pudding and custard.

It also needs jars of coffee, sauce, jams, preserves and pickles as well as packets of sugar, tea, cereal, rice, pasta, cous cous, cereal and snack bars.

To find out more about making donations to Bradford Metropolitan Food Bank, visit bradfordfoodbank.com.

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10:51am Mon 27 Jan 14

Bone_idle18 says...

"coffee, sauce, jams, preserves and pickles as well as packets of sugar, tea,"

Some of these items seem to be luxuries. Do people really need a jar of coffee over something more nutritious?
"coffee, sauce, jams, preserves and pickles as well as packets of sugar, tea," Some of these items seem to be luxuries. Do people really need a jar of coffee over something more nutritious? Bone_idle18
  • Score: -8

10:57am Mon 27 Jan 14

Grumpygirl says...

Why is there such a rising demand for food banks when, according to the Tories, the economy has recovered and we've never been better off? Could it be that their selective statistics aren't telling the truth? How much of the reduction in jobseekers is down to sanctions and people being forced into setting up their own 'business' just to get them off the books.
Why is there such a rising demand for food banks when, according to the Tories, the economy has recovered and we've never been better off? Could it be that their selective statistics aren't telling the truth? How much of the reduction in jobseekers is down to sanctions and people being forced into setting up their own 'business' just to get them off the books. Grumpygirl
  • Score: 8

10:58am Mon 27 Jan 14

Grumpygirl says...

Bone_idle18 wrote:
"coffee, sauce, jams, preserves and pickles as well as packets of sugar, tea,"

Some of these items seem to be luxuries. Do people really need a jar of coffee over something more nutritious?
Food banks can only give away what they're given. Why don't you fo along and donate a few healthy staples?
[quote][p][bold]Bone_idle18[/bold] wrote: "coffee, sauce, jams, preserves and pickles as well as packets of sugar, tea," Some of these items seem to be luxuries. Do people really need a jar of coffee over something more nutritious?[/p][/quote]Food banks can only give away what they're given. Why don't you fo along and donate a few healthy staples? Grumpygirl
  • Score: 10

11:05am Mon 27 Jan 14

sorrow&anger says...

Grumpygirl wrote:
Why is there such a rising demand for food banks when, according to the Tories, the economy has recovered and we've never been better off? Could it be that their selective statistics aren't telling the truth? How much of the reduction in jobseekers is down to sanctions and people being forced into setting up their own 'business' just to get them off the books.
Well that would explain why the world is suddenly full of dog walkers, cake makers and handymen. You wouldn't have thought that there was enough work to go round.
[quote][p][bold]Grumpygirl[/bold] wrote: Why is there such a rising demand for food banks when, according to the Tories, the economy has recovered and we've never been better off? Could it be that their selective statistics aren't telling the truth? How much of the reduction in jobseekers is down to sanctions and people being forced into setting up their own 'business' just to get them off the books.[/p][/quote]Well that would explain why the world is suddenly full of dog walkers, cake makers and handymen. You wouldn't have thought that there was enough work to go round. sorrow&anger
  • Score: 10

12:36pm Mon 27 Jan 14

shitehawk says...

In the picture of the food bank you can clearly see cans of Fosters lager and other beer/cider products... would help taking some of the shame away being so helpless that you need a handout
In the picture of the food bank you can clearly see cans of Fosters lager and other beer/cider products... would help taking some of the shame away being so helpless that you need a handout shitehawk
  • Score: -1

12:59pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Prisoner Cell Block A says...

Yet in the story above someone wants to 'waste' 40k to repair a church roof, so they can worship a non-existant being. Get real
Yet in the story above someone wants to 'waste' 40k to repair a church roof, so they can worship a non-existant being. Get real Prisoner Cell Block A
  • Score: 0

4:12pm Mon 27 Jan 14

The Hoffster says...

How about looking into *why* we need to have food banks in the first place ?

And how do these actually work ? - can anyone go there and say 'I need food'?

If that's the case, you have to wonder how much is given away to people who don't need it.
How about looking into *why* we need to have food banks in the first place ? And how do these actually work ? - can anyone go there and say 'I need food'? If that's the case, you have to wonder how much is given away to people who don't need it. The Hoffster
  • Score: -1

7:02pm Mon 27 Jan 14

BaildonGuy says...

The Hoffster wrote:
How about looking into *why* we need to have food banks in the first place ?

And how do these actually work ? - can anyone go there and say 'I need food'?

If that's the case, you have to wonder how much is given away to people who don't need it.
People have to be referred; usually it's a doctor, social worker or the job centre who, in pursuit of their sanction targets, have just taken away somebody's money and ability to buy food.
[quote][p][bold]The Hoffster[/bold] wrote: How about looking into *why* we need to have food banks in the first place ? And how do these actually work ? - can anyone go there and say 'I need food'? If that's the case, you have to wonder how much is given away to people who don't need it.[/p][/quote]People have to be referred; usually it's a doctor, social worker or the job centre who, in pursuit of their sanction targets, have just taken away somebody's money and ability to buy food. BaildonGuy
  • Score: 7

7:05pm Mon 27 Jan 14

BaildonGuy says...

shitehawk wrote:
In the picture of the food bank you can clearly see cans of Fosters lager and other beer/cider products... would help taking some of the shame away being so helpless that you need a handout
Its already been mentioned, but Food Banks can only give away what they're given. If they're given lager than it's better to hand it out than throw it away.

At least alcohol is a legal drug.
[quote][p][bold]shitehawk[/bold] wrote: In the picture of the food bank you can clearly see cans of Fosters lager and other beer/cider products... would help taking some of the shame away being so helpless that you need a handout[/p][/quote]Its already been mentioned, but Food Banks can only give away what they're given. If they're given lager than it's better to hand it out than throw it away. At least alcohol is a legal drug. BaildonGuy
  • Score: 4

8:21pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Alhaurinrhino says...

I bet most of their "customers" have a mobile phone, sky tv contract and spend the rest of their benefits on smoke and drink.

The welfare state gives people enough to live on if the claimants spend it properly.
I bet most of their "customers" have a mobile phone, sky tv contract and spend the rest of their benefits on smoke and drink. The welfare state gives people enough to live on if the claimants spend it properly. Alhaurinrhino
  • Score: -4

8:52pm Mon 27 Jan 14

collos25 says...

Alhaurinrhino wrote:
I bet most of their "customers" have a mobile phone, sky tv contract and spend the rest of their benefits on smoke and drink.

The welfare state gives people enough to live on if the claimants spend it properly.
Rubbish.
but what if they have, it is not easy to get out of a contract with these people but it is easy to lose your job through no fault of your own.
[quote][p][bold]Alhaurinrhino[/bold] wrote: I bet most of their "customers" have a mobile phone, sky tv contract and spend the rest of their benefits on smoke and drink. The welfare state gives people enough to live on if the claimants spend it properly.[/p][/quote]Rubbish. but what if they have, it is not easy to get out of a contract with these people but it is easy to lose your job through no fault of your own. collos25
  • Score: 3

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