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Nigel Evans hits out at Ribble Valley foodbank stigma

Lancashire Telegraph: Nigel Evans hits out at Ribble Valley foodbank stigma Nigel Evans hits out at Ribble Valley foodbank stigma

RIBBLE Valley MP Nigel Evans has attacked the ‘stigma’ that the borough ‘isn’t the sort of place’ where a foodbank is needed.

Mr Evans, who visited the borough’s foodbank base in Clitheroe on Friday, said that the people who need a foodbank have always lived in the Ribble Valley and that they are ‘at last’ being addressed.

Over the last 12 months, the Ribble Valley Foodbank, which has 80 volunteers, has fed 1,370 people with a third of them children.

The foodbank, which is operated by the Trussell Trust, has two centres at Trinity Methodist Church Hall in Wesleyan Row, Clitheroe and St Lawrence and St Paul's Church, Longridge.

During a tour with foodbank manager Ruth Haldane, Mr Evans discussed the services provided by the foodbank to local people in crisis need, and the outcomes over the first 12 months.

They also discussed the ways in which the foodbank networks with other agencies in the Ribble Valley to improve the quality of life for their clients.

Mr Evans said that he would contact Frank Field MP, co-chair of the all party parliamentary group on food poverty, to share the Ribble Valley Foodbank experience of serving local people in food poverty in a rural context.

Mr Evans said: “There is a stigma that the Ribble Valley isn’t a place where a foodbank should be needed.

“In fact, very sadly, the people who do need one have always been here and now they are being addressed and helped.

“The work that the volunteers have been doing is absolutely superb and I applaud the thousands of local residents who have donated over the last year.”

Ruth, who helped to open the Clitheroe centre in 2013 and the Longridge centre in January this year, said: “It was a very productive meeting.

“We were able to show him the work that we have been doing over the last year.

“We were also able to tell him about the challenges of being a rural foodbank.

“If there is a spike in people coming to us over the school holidays then we are ready for it.”

Since last July, 21 tons of food has been donated by local people to the foodbank and around 38,000 items of food have been distributed.

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5:51pm Sun 13 Jul 14

harrybash says...

Who do the people of the Ribble Valley think they are ? Go and have a look in town centre and count the charity shops, have a look at some of the streets in the area ! does unemployment not affect the valley, stupid snobs.
Who do the people of the Ribble Valley think they are ? Go and have a look in town centre and count the charity shops, have a look at some of the streets in the area ! does unemployment not affect the valley, stupid snobs. harrybash
  • Score: -11

6:09pm Sun 13 Jul 14

harrybash says...

Who do the people of the Ribble Valley think they are ? Go and have a look in town centre and count the charity shops, have a look at some of the streets in the area ! does unemployment not affect the valley, stupid snobs.
Who do the people of the Ribble Valley think they are ? Go and have a look in town centre and count the charity shops, have a look at some of the streets in the area ! does unemployment not affect the valley, stupid snobs. harrybash
  • Score: -8

8:07pm Sun 13 Jul 14

2 for 5p ridesagain says...

I have got a food problem I don't have enough cupboard ,fridge and freezer space to store all my food. I suppose I could donate some to the food bank.
I could also go spotting flying pigs. :-)
I have got a food problem I don't have enough cupboard ,fridge and freezer space to store all my food. I suppose I could donate some to the food bank. I could also go spotting flying pigs. :-) 2 for 5p ridesagain
  • Score: -9

7:06am Mon 14 Jul 14

jenkinsroy says...

THIS MUST STOP NOW.

Since last July, 21 tons of food?
Has been donated by local people to the food bank
And around 38,000 items of food have been distributed?
The people of this county must stop giving food to the food banks
Why you ask? Because every time you put something into the trolley
For food banks you are doing the work of this government how’s job it
Is to look after us all.
The poverty will keep on going the more you keep food banks going
And the government will thank you for it?
Why because they get to keep all the money.
They should be spending on the poor in the first place?
And give it to over counties in the E.U. and the rich with tax breaks.
You are not helping the poor by putting food in the trolleys.
For the food banks they want the money that this government is keeping
From them and the longer we keep giving food and help the more the
Government will not help them.
So stop putting food into the food banks and tell your local M.P.
To get his finger out and tell his mate in government they must act
Now to whip out this form of help to the poor.
The money is there now to stop this but they have over planes
For it like their 2015 election that money will be used to found their
Party and canvassing for your votes and the party’s their will have
For their rich mates. And sod the poor and old here.
This is the true state of things now so stop putting food in and
Help them by asking your M.P. to go to the House of Commons
And ask DAVID to give the poor and old their money back
And get them out of food banks this is the way we can help them
Not by giving them a can of beans breakfast stuff and so on
After all we did not see any of the food banks before this government
Started their money grabbing ways I know we had them but only a few
Run by the churches and charities now the government are opening
Them up all over the place as I said earlier they want the money
Not hand outs? So this government can benefit and rich can benefit
And the E.U. can benefit and the poor and the old here do without.
I WILL BE HARD BUT IT IS THE ONLY WAY TO GET THEM TO HELP?
WE ARE NOT HELPING THE POOR & THE OLD THIS WAY?
I HOPE YOU ALL UNDERSTAND THIS THE GOVERNMENT DO AND WILL
NOT DO SOMETHING AS LONE AS WE KEEP PUTTING FOOD THERE WAY
REMEMBER THE MONEY IS THERE TO HELP THEM NOW BUT THEY WILL
NOT WHY BECAUSE WE ARE FEEDING THEM THAT IS WHY SO THE GOVERNMENT
DO NOT SEE A NEED TO HELP THEM? And it will not help they will just sit back
And watch and use our money for what I have said earlier in this comment.
THIS MUST STOP NOW. Since last July, 21 tons of food? Has been donated by local people to the food bank And around 38,000 items of food have been distributed? The people of this county must stop giving food to the food banks Why you ask? Because every time you put something into the trolley For food banks you are doing the work of this government how’s job it Is to look after us all. The poverty will keep on going the more you keep food banks going And the government will thank you for it? Why because they get to keep all the money. They should be spending on the poor in the first place? And give it to over counties in the E.U. and the rich with tax breaks. You are not helping the poor by putting food in the trolleys. For the food banks they want the money that this government is keeping From them and the longer we keep giving food and help the more the Government will not help them. So stop putting food into the food banks and tell your local M.P. To get his finger out and tell his mate in government they must act Now to whip out this form of help to the poor. The money is there now to stop this but they have over planes For it like their 2015 election that money will be used to found their Party and canvassing for your votes and the party’s their will have For their rich mates. And sod the poor and old here. This is the true state of things now so stop putting food in and Help them by asking your M.P. to go to the House of Commons And ask DAVID to give the poor and old their money back And get them out of food banks this is the way we can help them Not by giving them a can of beans breakfast stuff and so on After all we did not see any of the food banks before this government Started their money grabbing ways I know we had them but only a few Run by the churches and charities now the government are opening Them up all over the place as I said earlier they want the money Not hand outs? So this government can benefit and rich can benefit And the E.U. can benefit and the poor and the old here do without. I WILL BE HARD BUT IT IS THE ONLY WAY TO GET THEM TO HELP? WE ARE NOT HELPING THE POOR & THE OLD THIS WAY? I HOPE YOU ALL UNDERSTAND THIS THE GOVERNMENT DO AND WILL NOT DO SOMETHING AS LONE AS WE KEEP PUTTING FOOD THERE WAY REMEMBER THE MONEY IS THERE TO HELP THEM NOW BUT THEY WILL NOT WHY BECAUSE WE ARE FEEDING THEM THAT IS WHY SO THE GOVERNMENT DO NOT SEE A NEED TO HELP THEM? And it will not help they will just sit back And watch and use our money for what I have said earlier in this comment. jenkinsroy
  • Score: -4

10:45am Mon 14 Jul 14

The old faithfull says...

Once again Evans is on the electioneering trail for 2015, what he needs to do is contact his boss Cameron, who, when asked time and time again in Prime Ministers Questions in the House of Commons, to visit a food bank and see for himself the deprivation that his shameful economic policies have brought on the people of this country,refuses to do so.
Once again Evans is on the electioneering trail for 2015, what he needs to do is contact his boss Cameron, who, when asked time and time again in Prime Ministers Questions in the House of Commons, to visit a food bank and see for himself the deprivation that his shameful economic policies have brought on the people of this country,refuses to do so. The old faithfull
  • Score: 10

12:18pm Mon 14 Jul 14

shytalk says...

As far as food banks are concerned, The party Nigel Evans belongs to is part of the problem.
As far as food banks are concerned, The party Nigel Evans belongs to is part of the problem. shytalk
  • Score: 1

5:52pm Mon 14 Jul 14

Michael@ClitheroeSince58 says...

This is only the beginning, soon all benefits will come from charity but looking on the bright side the workhouse is coming back.
This is only the beginning, soon all benefits will come from charity but looking on the bright side the workhouse is coming back. Michael@ClitheroeSince58
  • Score: 6

8:38pm Mon 14 Jul 14

JohnClitheroe says...

Well I hope those of you who are so against foodbanks never ever find yourself in position were you need to use them. Most people if you think about it only need to loose one paydays worth of money before needing help. (The term 'payday' includes money from wages/earnings or benefits). I do agree that the government needs to address loads of issues around why Foodbanks are being used, but surely as fellow human beings we should have compassion and help other's. Think about what would happen if your source of income dried up through for example unemployment, are you saying that a Foodbank shouldn't be there to help you if you were desperate and had no money to feed yourself and your family? You might have a mortgage to pay for what do you do? Keep a roof over your head or feed yourself?
Well I hope those of you who are so against foodbanks never ever find yourself in position were you need to use them. Most people if you think about it only need to loose one paydays worth of money before needing help. (The term 'payday' includes money from wages/earnings or benefits). I do agree that the government needs to address loads of issues around why Foodbanks are being used, but surely as fellow human beings we should have compassion and help other's. Think about what would happen if your source of income dried up through for example unemployment, are you saying that a Foodbank shouldn't be there to help you if you were desperate and had no money to feed yourself and your family? You might have a mortgage to pay for what do you do? Keep a roof over your head or feed yourself? JohnClitheroe
  • Score: 5

9:54am Tue 15 Jul 14

shytalk says...

JohnClitheroe wrote:
Well I hope those of you who are so against foodbanks never ever find yourself in position were you need to use them. Most people if you think about it only need to loose one paydays worth of money before needing help. (The term 'payday' includes money from wages/earnings or benefits). I do agree that the government needs to address loads of issues around why Foodbanks are being used, but surely as fellow human beings we should have compassion and help other's. Think about what would happen if your source of income dried up through for example unemployment, are you saying that a Foodbank shouldn't be there to help you if you were desperate and had no money to feed yourself and your family? You might have a mortgage to pay for what do you do? Keep a roof over your head or feed yourself?
Very well said
[quote][p][bold]JohnClitheroe[/bold] wrote: Well I hope those of you who are so against foodbanks never ever find yourself in position were you need to use them. Most people if you think about it only need to loose one paydays worth of money before needing help. (The term 'payday' includes money from wages/earnings or benefits). I do agree that the government needs to address loads of issues around why Foodbanks are being used, but surely as fellow human beings we should have compassion and help other's. Think about what would happen if your source of income dried up through for example unemployment, are you saying that a Foodbank shouldn't be there to help you if you were desperate and had no money to feed yourself and your family? You might have a mortgage to pay for what do you do? Keep a roof over your head or feed yourself?[/p][/quote]Very well said shytalk
  • Score: 1

6:06pm Thu 17 Jul 14

dan8080 says...

Nigel evans can donate his own personal chocolate fingers mmmmmm tasty
Nigel evans can donate his own personal chocolate fingers mmmmmm tasty dan8080
  • Score: -1
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