(The BBC's Jeremy Cooke reports.link to video)
Number of UK food banks double in 12 months
|More and more food banks are opening every week|
This is 2012 soon to become 2013 and foodbanks have doubled in number over the past 12 months. In 2013 foodbanks will feed more than 200,000 people across the country, double the number of 2012, and the expectation is that this number will grow. It is a situation about which we should all feel angry, uncomfortable and even ashamed that we have collectively allowed this situation to come about. Some people will no doubt have such emotions, but sadly there are many others who will not. Watch the video and remember that we have been told that "we are all in this together". as usual, there are those who are more "in it" than others. As we lift our glasses across the table full of Christmas dinner with heat rising from the turkey, roast potato's gravy and all the other goodies on our plates, we might consider that there are those who are unable even to qualify for assistance from the foodbanks. It is a sad but true fact that even the Trussell Trust, and all the similar organisations now springing up around Britain, do not have sufficient resources or volunteers to cope with the an ever increasing problem and therefore have to be selective when helping those in need. Many people will spend the next two weeks, as they have spent the past year or even years, on the streets of towns and cities in this country. A country which once boasted having "an empire upon which the sun never sets" and a collective wealth envied by nations around the world in the 19th Century is now, in the 21st Century, reduced to witnessing ordinary people, many of whom actually employed, queuing for food charity. This video report is a damning indictment of the present state of British society, which has been brought about by the failure of government policies over previous decades, and now compounded by the ConDem coalition's "austerity measures" imposed by bankers and the IMF/Eurozone dictats. As I said previously, we should all feel angry, uncomfortable and even ashamed that we have collectively allowed this situation to come about.