Dear Mr Curran,
I have been surprised to hear that your Food Bank has a policy of selective donations of food, that is leading many in real need such as thous sanctioned without the emergency food they need, and for which client base food banks exist.
I presently run 2 food banks, one covering the whole of Lewisham and the other Greenwich borough with a third to open in Southwark, our experience of dealing with people in real crises is that asking for food is extremly difficult with most clients taking up to 2 weeks from making enquiry to arriving at the food bank.
Clients increasingly are being sanctioned on very poor level of information and i have very real concerns as to the reports that the Goverment continue to pump out that food Banks have nothing to do with welfare reforms.
Whilst i oppose the very idea that as the 7th richest economy in the world, we have people needing food aid and that the state allows big business to pay such low wages that many are forced to seek out Food Banks i do what i do for the community i serve, i do not select, or further demonise the poor for any issues they may have due to the financial crises they find themselfs in.
A Selective policy of discrimination against one group of people over another already at the lowest point over food allocation i find shocking and obscene.
I would urge you to review this position, or take the time to visit our Food Bank, meet the people who are using our service and think again.
People seeking out and being brave in asking for help, should not in my view be then vetted or rated as to if or when you will give them food, most people will be truly offended by the Hounslow Food Bank policy, and i find it at odds with the fact Hounslow food bank is run by a Labour Council
We Care Food Banks.
Thank you for your email, I note your comments, we are reviewing our criteria. It is a pity that all the people who have taken the time to email, blog or telephone to criticize/condemn, not one of them has volunteered to help in any way. In Hounslow we will continue to do the best for the most vulnerable in our community, I am very proud of the record of this Labour administration in Hounslow which has protected front line services to the most vulnerable despite a 60 million pound cut in our budget by the Tory led coalition government. I am sorry that you think providing food to the needy in Hounslow is shocking and obscene, I can assure you that the many residents who receive food aid do not share your view. In a perfect world Hounslow Council would open up its own supermarket and give free food to anyone in need. Regards Councillor Steve Curran, Labour Party Syon Ward Cabinet Member for Housing, Regeneration & Planning