Demand outstripping donations to Keighley foodbank

Demand outstripping donations to Keighley foodbank

Councillor Jan Smithies outside the Keighley Salvation Army food bank (8384342)

Councillor Jan Smithies outside the Keighley Salvation Army food bank (8384349)

Councillor Jan Smithies outside the Keighley Salvation Army food bank (8384332)

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SOARING demand is outstripping donations to a Keighley foodbank, it has been revealed.

Shocked Keighley West councillor Jan Smithies was told of the dire situation during a visit to Keighley Salvation Army.

She has praised the work being carried out by the charity, but is concerned about the foodbank’s capacity to cope with rising numbers in the future.

Coun Smithies said: “This year, the foodbank has spent £21,000 in addition to all the food donations it receives to meet the ever-growing demand for its services.

“This is £5,000 more than the cash donations that came in.

“The gap has been filled by an underspend from the previous year, but demand is outstripping food and cash donations.”

Coun Smithies said another concern is the foodbank, at the High Street church, would have to shut throughout next month as many volunteers will be away.

“About 120 Keighley families and single people are going to be missing their regular two meals a week and food parcels, plus all the other emergency help the Salvation Army gives to them,” said Coun Smithies.

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4:48pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Alhaurinrhino says...

There would be no need for food banks if people budgeted more sensibly, I would wager good money that all who go have contract phones, Sky tv, Playstations etc.
There would be no need for food banks if people budgeted more sensibly, I would wager good money that all who go have contract phones, Sky tv, Playstations etc. Alhaurinrhino
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4:49pm Wed 23 Jul 14

G_Firth says...

Very strange that I've been saying this for over two years now and very little gets reported about it but with next years election coming up Labour are making a point of pushing their councilors from West Keighley ward to the fore ever since they lost that seat in May.
Food banks are nothing more than a modern day soup kitchen.
The plight of many in Keighley is the result of BDMC's lack of involvement to push for Keighley to reinvent itself from an industrial town to a tourism hub and technology zone, which would create the much need jobs the town needs.
Not many know this but Keighley is classed as a deprived area and thus BDMC actually gets extra cash from central government that is meant to be spent on the area but has been redirected into its own coffers.
BDMC needs to stop looking at food banks as a means to help people.
Its jobs they need and loads of them, its killing the bedroom tax and council tax 25% those on benefit have to pay. its killing of doorstep lenders and payday loan companies with more credit unions in town centers and not just in the odd here and there place.
I'm not for one second disputing Cllr Smithies does quite a bit for her ward but you have to ask the question of why on earth have the Labour councilors over the years let BDMC cause the ever increasing decline of Keighley and why they are not breaking their backs to get Keighley back to being prosperous.
Very strange that I've been saying this for over two years now and very little gets reported about it but with next years election coming up Labour are making a point of pushing their councilors from West Keighley ward to the fore ever since they lost that seat in May. Food banks are nothing more than a modern day soup kitchen. The plight of many in Keighley is the result of BDMC's lack of involvement to push for Keighley to reinvent itself from an industrial town to a tourism hub and technology zone, which would create the much need jobs the town needs. Not many know this but Keighley is classed as a deprived area and thus BDMC actually gets extra cash from central government that is meant to be spent on the area but has been redirected into its own coffers. BDMC needs to stop looking at food banks as a means to help people. Its jobs they need and loads of them, its killing the bedroom tax and council tax 25% those on benefit have to pay. its killing of doorstep lenders and payday loan companies with more credit unions in town centers and not just in the odd here and there place. I'm not for one second disputing Cllr Smithies does quite a bit for her ward but you have to ask the question of why on earth have the Labour councilors over the years let BDMC cause the ever increasing decline of Keighley and why they are not breaking their backs to get Keighley back to being prosperous. G_Firth
  • Score: 2

5:21pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Robin of Loxley says...

Wonder how many people are abusing the foodbanks...
Wonder how many people are abusing the foodbanks... Robin of Loxley
  • Score: -1

8:47pm Wed 23 Jul 14

alive and awake says...

Free food shops busy! what a surprise! Lift the quality of the food and watch the demand rise even higher. What is this Country becoming, or dragged down to. Sirloin steaks and a bottle of Claret, and I might give it some thought. Socialists remove pride, create dependency and then DICTATE. Don't fall for it.
Free food shops busy! what a surprise! Lift the quality of the food and watch the demand rise even higher. What is this Country becoming, or dragged down to. Sirloin steaks and a bottle of Claret, and I might give it some thought. Socialists remove pride, create dependency and then DICTATE. Don't fall for it. alive and awake
  • Score: -3

6:33am Thu 24 Jul 14

Big Bad Honey Badger says...

Shouldn't people be encouraged to earn a wage to put food on the table. If people are claiming more than I earn a month in benefits and getting free food from the food banks then where is their money going? Alcohol? Drugs?

You might think you are doing people a favour by helping to put food on the table but in the long run all you are doing is feeding the disease which is our City's scum.
Shouldn't people be encouraged to earn a wage to put food on the table. If people are claiming more than I earn a month in benefits and getting free food from the food banks then where is their money going? Alcohol? Drugs? You might think you are doing people a favour by helping to put food on the table but in the long run all you are doing is feeding the disease which is our City's scum. Big Bad Honey Badger
  • Score: -3

1:11pm Thu 24 Jul 14

A650 says...

Some real humanitarians on this thread!

I feel for people that have to go a food bank. I doubt that they're all a bunch of lazy scrounging drug addicts or boozers like the prejudiced on here seem to think.
Some real humanitarians on this thread! I feel for people that have to go a food bank. I doubt that they're all a bunch of lazy scrounging drug addicts or boozers like the prejudiced on here seem to think. A650
  • Score: 3

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