Timmy elsewhere

At the ASI.

The very fact that 500,000 people are using food banks shows that private charity does indeed step up when the State steps down.

8 thoughts on “Timmy elsewhere”

  1. And the increase in food banks shows that charities are very good at increasing their market through publicity. Oh and allowing just about anyone to give out the vouchers.

  2. The food banks have restrictions about how often they provide food, how much is given (usually 3 days worth at a time) and who to. Including stopping some people having any more.
    They are stepping up to partly deal with the issue but cannot and do not provide a full service.
    The food banks are helped out a lot by supermarkets with stuff that is coming to end of sell by date but still useable.

  3. In the wonderland of statism and socialism why are the billions spent on welfare etc not enough to provide?. Billions are spent each year and hundreds of billions in total have been handed out and yet there are more people using food banks than ever.
    Socialism fucks everything up and then squarks that the market is to blame.

  4. Martin, I understand that many have restrictions about the number of times they can be used, and also the amount of food given out. But if that is true why has the use of food banks shot up so much. It can’t be that just about everyone is using up their allocation of 3 visits. It must be because many are repeatedly visiting lots of times.

    Is this restriction of 3 visits down to 3 visits by the vouchers given by one “professional”. So someone could use 3 visits from a social worker’s vouchers. Then 3 from a doctors. Then 3 from a housing officer. By that time you could go around and start the cycle again.

    I doubt that the restriction is 3 visits in your lifetime.

  5. The Thought Gang

    @Martin Davies

    “The food banks are helped out a lot by supermarkets with stuff that is coming to end of sell by date but still useable.”

    Which is an excellent thing for all concerned. The state could never replicate this, of course, because the outraged would be outraged at the notion of giving those in need the stuff that’s left over after the rest of us have had our fill.

    Charities get to sidestep all that bullshit, which means that they get to provide a better solution to targeted issues, whilst the state can concentrate on the general ones.

  6. @: SBML
    You have misread Martin Davies: the limit is not on the number of times that an individual uses them but on the amount of food collected during each visit so that there is no incentive (or negligible) to resell the food (and reducing waste since some food does not keep beyond three days).

  7. @ Martin Davies & TTG
    “The food banks are helped out a lot by supermarkets with stuff that is coming to end of sell by date but still useable.”
    Not new: thirty years ago my wife and I used to volunteer one evening a week at a drop-in centre for the homeless (being totally unskilled, my job was handing out mini-bars of soap to guys using the showers: it struck me that far more of them came for a chance to get clean than for any other hand-out, even food). Almost all the food came from “Benjy’s” a city sandwich bar which donated all the food it had left over when it closed each day.

  8. John, my experience 25 years ago at a soup kitchen in blackpool is a little different, tourists used to turn up for the sandwiches.

    Folks, the charity I work for issues food vouchers for the local food bank that operates in certain locations on certain days at certain times. A record is kept of names and the individual charities have instructions not to keep repeating the vouchers too much – people can and do get turned away after too many requests for food.
    Not just unemployed taking advantage – there’s employed people whose bills have gone up while wages have not, there’s pensioners, there’s homeless without the ability to cook anything, cannot say there are no professionals using the food bank either.

    Years ago the government did run food banks of a kind. Unemployed people given butter, corned beef, milk etc at various times, been a good 15+ years since I last heard of it.

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