Food poverty – where the government won’t help, the foodbank will


The Herald has asked Stratford MP Nadhim Zahawi to explain why he voted to end free school meals to children in need – we are waiting for a response. In the meantime the Stratford Foodbank continues its good work…

Special parcels of fresh food are to be distributed by Stratford Foodbank to 75 families as part of a six-month programme.

The deliveries, for families struggling to afford food, will begin in November after Stratford Foodbank applied for a national emergency assistance grant via the county council.

Foodbank manager Marion Homer said: “This new project builds on the success of our recent MakeLunch project, where we partnered with Stratford Churches Together to support 70 families through the summer holidays and delivered more than 1,600 parcels.

“This new fresh food project is an ideal way for our referral partners to ensure vulnerable families they are working with can receive six months of consistent food support during the winter months and into the spring.”

Each parcel is designed for a family of four and will contain two items of fresh meat – packaged separately – and a selection of fruit and veg worth £20.

Meat-free parcels with fresh fruit and veg will also be available and parcels will be delivered discreetly by Foodbank volunteers in a Covid-safe way.

To receive parcels, people must be able to commit to 25 weeks of continuous deliveries, being in every Monday between 10am and 2pm, when deliveries will be made.

  • imustbeoldiwearacap

    Sat in his country pile he has no concept of what it’s like to be on the margins of having a little and having nothing. He has the temerity to say that the poor prefer to pay a modest amount for something than receive it for free – well when it’s the difference between going hungry and having food on the table (and with no money in the purse) all of us would accept the free food. The Herald will be waiting a long time for an answer!

  • 1jamessmith1

    a pity that the food bank don’t help people get jobs so that they can pay for their own food.

    You’ll be lucky to get any kind of comment from Stratford MP Nadhim Zahawi to explain why he voted to end free school meals to children in need. It is like Orbit houseing that can afford to give thousands to local food banks, yet when asked repeatidly to do basic repairs ‘OH….we can’t afford it because of our limited budget’

    • Misty

      I do wonder how people survived before food banks were a ‘thing’.

      • 1jamessmith1

        work houses?

  • Misty

    He didn’t vote to end free school meals to children in need and you know it. Nothing like stirring the anti-Conservative pot!

    He voted to end the provision of school meal vouchers DURING THE HOLIDAYS. The vouchers were intended for the Easter holidays only but the government extended them to cover the summer holidays. Prior to Easter parents had to feed their own children during school holidays and that is the situation that we are now returning to. People who have received vouchers to the value of £15 per week during this time should be jolly grateful, and I’m sure most of them are. But the usual loud few are now angling to make these vouchers a permanent fixture of the welfare system (which I guess the Left would think is a good idea).

    Most parents on benefits are able to budget and prioritise their children’s needs over their own. Contrary to what the press is saying or at least implying, most children who receive free school meals aren’t keeling over with hunger during the holidays.

    • 1jamessmith1

      Is what the vouchers can be used to buy restricted in text on the voucher?