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Collecting food for those most in need
04/12/2012 18:44:00


Croydon has above-average levels of deprivation when compared with other London boroughs, with five wards in the borough ranked as being in the top 10 per cent most deprived wards in the UK. Over 25% of local children live in relative poverty.

We have a moral obligation to care for those less well-off than ourselves that cannot be discharged simply by paying taxes. That’s why I’m supporting the Croydon Food Network and their Christmas campaign to collect as much food as possible to support those families in our borough that are most in need.

The Croydon Food Network was set up by voluntary sector groups in Croydon who work with families experiencing food poverty. Working with Croydon Council, they hope to gather enough to provide identified families with 12 days’ worth of food.

If you are able to donate something, especially anything non-perishable (pasta, soft drinks, tins of anything edible, crisps, biscuits, chocolate etc.) then please bring it to my office at 133 Wickham Road, Shirley, CR0 8TE from 9am-5pm Monday to Friday and I will pass it on to Croydon Food Network.

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On 05/12/2012 09:45:00 Laura Henry wrote:
Great idea and will support and share on my travels.

How about a box placed in supermarkets for customers to donate and supermarkets donating to this great initiative as well? To use one supermarket’s strap line: ‘Every little helps!’

On 11/12/2012 12:57:00 Anthony Miller wrote:
"We have a moral obligation to care for those less well-off than ourselves that cannot be discharged simply by paying taxes"

Do you mean that benefits are being cut in real terms?

I only ask as I noticed from the Croydon Conservatives twitter account that...

“Cllr Sara Bashford launches scheme to help the vulnerable in Croydon”

...as though Cllr Bashford has out of nothing more than an acute sense of social philanthropy suddenly decided that there are poor people not being catered to by the existing system in dire need of her own personal touch to set things right.

Then I realised that actually what “Cllr Sara Bashford launches scheme to help the vulnerable in Croydon” means is the Department for Work and Pensions will no longer provide community care grants and crisis loans from April 2013.

So whereas at the moment if anyone on Income Support, income-based Jobseeker's Allowance, income-related Employment and Support Allowance or any type of Pension Credit suffers a disaster they can ask for a grant or emergency loan from their local Job Centre, from January people’ll have to ask Cllr Bashford instead as the cash will be coming from the council rather than central government.

Why is this? Is it an “efficiency saving” or is it that there is simply less cash? Is this the real reason you want us to send in tins of food like it is a Blue Peter appeal? Will there be a totaliser?

On 15/12/2012 10:31:00 Milan wrote:
A very worthwhile cause, especially at this time of year. I believe the same charity recently partnered with Waitrose in Croydon to collect food for a few days from shoppers there.

It is shocking that in the 21st century, in one of the wealthiest countries in the world, there is the existence of food poverty in our local Borough and nationwide.

A great campaign for all local residents to get involved with.




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