Blackburn with Darwen residents urged to be alert after shocking child malnutrition figures

3.5per cent of year six pupils are underweight

3.5per cent of year six pupils are underweight

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A FOODBANK boss is urging people to ‘keep an eye on their neighbours’ after shock figures reveal-ed more children in Blackburn with Darwen were malnourished than anywhere else in the UK.

A Lancashire Telegraph investigation earlier this week found an alarming 3.5per cent of year six pupils in Blackburn with Darwen were clinically underweight.

It comes at a time when demand for foodbanks has soared in recent years.

Zillah Griffin, founder of the Darwen Food Larder, said there were a number of ways to access food for those struggling with poverty.

And she urged people to look out for one another.

She said: “We do get people com-ing to us with concerns about their neighbours.

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“It is important to keep an eye on other people who may slip into poverty.

“But if somebody was worried and wanted to access food parcels for them-selves, there are lots of ways to get a referral.

“If they are on benefits, they will be in touch with social workers, or health visitors.

“They can speak to the school, or go and see the doctor who will look into their situation for them.”

Once referred to the foodbank, they will be given a range of foods to make healthy meals. 

She said: “We try to make a parcel that contains en-ough food to make a bal-anced meal.

“There will be a tin of meat with a tin of vegetables, and some sort of pasta and sauce, or rice.

“One of our volunteers also cooks meals for those that don’t have electricity, or gas, in their homes.”

Mrs Griffin said, although those visiting a foodbank may feel embarrassed, there was no shame in it.

She said: “If someone is in work and cannot afford to feed their family, they are going to feel pretty horrible and embarrassed.But they will not get scorned.

‘The people will listen to them.

“People have come abs-olutely distraught because they have had to come to the foodbank and they are ashamed, but there is no shame in it.”

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2:26pm Thu 3 Apr 14

shytalk says...

Unemployment down, demand for food banks has soared, child poverty increasing? I wonder why it is?
Someone somewhere is telling porkies.
Never mind eh? Just so long as the plantation owners can keep lining their pockets,employ foreign agency workers, and blame parents for being frecklass for their kids slowly starving to death then i suppose God is in his heaven, and everything is right with the world.
Just remember that in this age of hire and fire no one is safe from redundancy, and you could easily be just one step away from visiting a food bank.
History has a habit of repeating itself, so just remember what happened to the last lot that said if there is no bread then let them eat cake.
Unemployment down, demand for food banks has soared, child poverty increasing? I wonder why it is? Someone somewhere is telling porkies. Never mind eh? Just so long as the plantation owners can keep lining their pockets,employ foreign agency workers, and blame parents for being frecklass for their kids slowly starving to death then i suppose God is in his heaven, and everything is right with the world. Just remember that in this age of hire and fire no one is safe from redundancy, and you could easily be just one step away from visiting a food bank. History has a habit of repeating itself, so just remember what happened to the last lot that said if there is no bread then let them eat cake. shytalk
  • Score: 12

3:30pm Thu 3 Apr 14

ac1980 says...

Please can the Lancashire Telegraph tell us when and where we can donate to food banks across the town?
Please can the Lancashire Telegraph tell us when and where we can donate to food banks across the town? ac1980
  • Score: 10

3:56pm Thu 3 Apr 14

Dan Clough says...

Hi ac1980 - see this previous story for info http://www.lancashir
etelegraph.co.uk/arc
hive/2013/07/24/1056
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Hi ac1980 - see this previous story for info http://www.lancashir etelegraph.co.uk/arc hive/2013/07/24/1056 8440.Churches_aid_Ea st_Lancashire_foodba nk_campaign/ Dan Clough
  • Score: 3

9:35pm Thu 3 Apr 14

mother of 4 says...

Maybe problem would not be so bad if they actually bought food for their children instead of alcohol and drugs with the benefits!!!!!!!!
Maybe problem would not be so bad if they actually bought food for their children instead of alcohol and drugs with the benefits!!!!!!!! mother of 4
  • Score: 3

1:53am Fri 4 Apr 14

tim otay71 says...

Problem is all household bills are rising but no wage rises! I have not had a wage rise for 5 yrs but my bills always go up! I will starve before my kids do!! We will all starve eventually under this tinpot government! FACT!
Problem is all household bills are rising but no wage rises! I have not had a wage rise for 5 yrs but my bills always go up! I will starve before my kids do!! We will all starve eventually under this tinpot government! FACT! tim otay71
  • Score: 12

8:15am Fri 4 Apr 14

gutterpress says...

Show me a malnourished child and I'll show you a parent with a mobile phone contract, fags in the tracky bottom pockets and lager in the fridge. Always someone else's fault.
Show me a malnourished child and I'll show you a parent with a mobile phone contract, fags in the tracky bottom pockets and lager in the fridge. Always someone else's fault. gutterpress
  • Score: 11

9:44am Fri 4 Apr 14

ac1980 says...

Dan Clough - thanks for the pointer!

For those who pointed out that the parents of these children spend their money on cigarettes and alcohol - fair enough; but what is not fair is to allow these children to suffer because of the bad choices their parents make.
Dan Clough - thanks for the pointer! For those who pointed out that the parents of these children spend their money on cigarettes and alcohol - fair enough; but what is not fair is to allow these children to suffer because of the bad choices their parents make. ac1980
  • Score: 11

11:44pm Sun 6 Apr 14

Darwen Malc says...

gutterpress wrote:
Show me a malnourished child and I'll show you a parent with a mobile phone contract, fags in the tracky bottom pockets and lager in the fridge. Always someone else's fault.
And that someone elses fault is always laid at the door of the present government, even though most of the problems were caused by the last administration!
[quote][p][bold]gutterpress[/bold] wrote: Show me a malnourished child and I'll show you a parent with a mobile phone contract, fags in the tracky bottom pockets and lager in the fridge. Always someone else's fault.[/p][/quote]And that someone elses fault is always laid at the door of the present government, even though most of the problems were caused by the last administration! Darwen Malc
  • Score: 2

12:10pm Tue 8 Apr 14

skips16 says...

shytalk wrote:
Unemployment down, demand for food banks has soared, child poverty increasing? I wonder why it is?
Someone somewhere is telling porkies.
Never mind eh? Just so long as the plantation owners can keep lining their pockets,employ foreign agency workers, and blame parents for being frecklass for their kids slowly starving to death then i suppose God is in his heaven, and everything is right with the world.
Just remember that in this age of hire and fire no one is safe from redundancy, and you could easily be just one step away from visiting a food bank.
History has a habit of repeating itself, so just remember what happened to the last lot that said if there is no bread then let them eat cake.
The local councils are not helping people by charging these people that are going hungry council tax out of there benefits this is not a government charge as the government leave the local councils to decide there are a number of councils not charging this so they dont hurt the vunerable they take money they dont use from other parts of council they dont use Oxford council is one so it does seem that blackburn council and hyndburn dont care they get parking ticket money and otherthings but they let the children of blackburn starve
[quote][p][bold]shytalk[/bold] wrote: Unemployment down, demand for food banks has soared, child poverty increasing? I wonder why it is? Someone somewhere is telling porkies. Never mind eh? Just so long as the plantation owners can keep lining their pockets,employ foreign agency workers, and blame parents for being frecklass for their kids slowly starving to death then i suppose God is in his heaven, and everything is right with the world. Just remember that in this age of hire and fire no one is safe from redundancy, and you could easily be just one step away from visiting a food bank. History has a habit of repeating itself, so just remember what happened to the last lot that said if there is no bread then let them eat cake.[/p][/quote]The local councils are not helping people by charging these people that are going hungry council tax out of there benefits this is not a government charge as the government leave the local councils to decide there are a number of councils not charging this so they dont hurt the vunerable they take money they dont use from other parts of council they dont use Oxford council is one so it does seem that blackburn council and hyndburn dont care they get parking ticket money and otherthings but they let the children of blackburn starve skips16
  • Score: 3

12:12pm Tue 8 Apr 14

skips16 says...

The local councils are not helping people by charging these people that are going hungry council tax out of there benefits this is not a government charge as the government leave the local councils to decide there are a number of councils not charging this so they dont hurt the vunerable they take money they dont use from other parts of council they dont use Oxford council is one so it does seem that blackburn council and hyndburn dont care they get parking ticket money and otherthings but they let the children of blackburn starve
The local councils are not helping people by charging these people that are going hungry council tax out of there benefits this is not a government charge as the government leave the local councils to decide there are a number of councils not charging this so they dont hurt the vunerable they take money they dont use from other parts of council they dont use Oxford council is one so it does seem that blackburn council and hyndburn dont care they get parking ticket money and otherthings but they let the children of blackburn starve skips16
  • Score: 3

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