Blackburn school foodbank’s 14,000-meal handout

This Is Lancashire: There has been growing demand for help from foodbanks locally There has been growing demand for help from foodbanks locally

A SCHOOL foodbank project hailed as the first of its kind in the UK, has provided more than 14,000 meals in Blackburn.

As part of Tauheedul Boys School’s Food For All project, the Robinson Street high school set up a one-day-a-week foodbank to be managed completely by pupils.

The foodbank works exactly like other foodbanks which have recently become so prevalent in our society.

People facing hardship are referred by the council, social workers and other agencies and the school then provides them with an emergency food parcel made up of non-perishable donated food.

Yusuf Patel, director of Tauheedul Relief Trust, the charitable arm of Tauheedul which provides a variety of community-based project across the UK, said: “We piloted this scheme in Blackburn and it’s been so successful that we are planning to roll it out into other schools in the UK. We have a passion for helping others and we want to instil that into the pupils, and what better way than to give them the responsibility of running a foodbank?

“As part of the project, the children have learned about social responsibility and helping others but it has also opened up opportunities for them to learn about food waste, healthy eating and food hygiene, as well as giving them a greater understanding of poverty in the local area.

“It teaches them empathy as they have been meeting with the service users as well as organising collections and manning the food store.”

The foodbank helps people facing food poverty, regardless of their ethnicity or religion, and with more than 7,000 people thought to be reliant on food aid in the town, there are no plans to stop the service when the school moves to new premises in June.

Mr Patel said: “We liaised with Blackburn foodbank and it is clear that across all faiths and ethnicities, there are people in this town are struggling to afford food.

“When we move to our new site in Shadsworth, we will have more room to keep food and we estimate we will be able to feed double the number we did this year. The need is definitely there and we are here to help.”

The foodbank is open every Friday from 12.30pm to 1.30pm. If you are struggling or wish to make a referral, contact 01254 674952.

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5:11pm Mon 12 May 14

burner says...

The Maths seem hard to comprehend. Only open on a Friday for one hour in a week. Fourteen thousand meals. ???????

How many weeks has this previously unknown work been going on ? ( piloted in Blackburn )

One visitor per minute is 60 a week. That means it has been running for almost FIVE years . . . not taking school holidays into account. That means it started before this Coalition Government !!!

Am I reading propaganda or what ??. . . . . . . . can I have an accurate explanation, please ? I am truly intrigued.
The Maths seem hard to comprehend. Only open on a Friday for one hour in a week. Fourteen thousand meals. ??????? How many weeks has this previously unknown work been going on ? ( piloted in Blackburn ) One visitor per minute is 60 a week. That means it has been running for almost FIVE years . . . not taking school holidays into account. That means it started before this Coalition Government !!! Am I reading propaganda or what ??. . . . . . . . can I have an accurate explanation, please ? I am truly intrigued. burner
  • Score: -13

5:39pm Mon 12 May 14

HenningBerg-er says...

burner wrote:
The Maths seem hard to comprehend. Only open on a Friday for one hour in a week. Fourteen thousand meals. ???????

How many weeks has this previously unknown work been going on ? ( piloted in Blackburn )

One visitor per minute is 60 a week. That means it has been running for almost FIVE years . . . not taking school holidays into account. That means it started before this Coalition Government !!!

Am I reading propaganda or what ??. . . . . . . . can I have an accurate explanation, please ? I am truly intrigued.
Dear Mr Mathematician, please brush up on your English skills; the article says 14,000 meals, and not 14,000 visitors.

What a wonderful project. This school is making great progress in such short time. Continue with the positive headlines, an inspiration to all.
[quote][p][bold]burner[/bold] wrote: The Maths seem hard to comprehend. Only open on a Friday for one hour in a week. Fourteen thousand meals. ??????? How many weeks has this previously unknown work been going on ? ( piloted in Blackburn ) One visitor per minute is 60 a week. That means it has been running for almost FIVE years . . . not taking school holidays into account. That means it started before this Coalition Government !!! Am I reading propaganda or what ??. . . . . . . . can I have an accurate explanation, please ? I am truly intrigued.[/p][/quote]Dear Mr Mathematician, please brush up on your English skills; the article says 14,000 meals, and not 14,000 visitors. What a wonderful project. This school is making great progress in such short time. Continue with the positive headlines, an inspiration to all. HenningBerg-er
  • Score: 14

6:19pm Mon 12 May 14

burner says...

OK , but I was thinking, say, 5 or 6 items in each meal . . . . if I had a retail business that opened only one hour a week, how long would it take me to retail over seventy thousand units ?????
OK , but I was thinking, say, 5 or 6 items in each meal . . . . if I had a retail business that opened only one hour a week, how long would it take me to retail over seventy thousand units ????? burner
  • Score: -12

6:59pm Mon 12 May 14

Darrens Delivery Service says...

burner wrote:
OK , but I was thinking, say, 5 or 6 items in each meal . . . . if I had a retail business that opened only one hour a week, how long would it take me to retail over seventy thousand units ?????
59 mins ?
[quote][p][bold]burner[/bold] wrote: OK , but I was thinking, say, 5 or 6 items in each meal . . . . if I had a retail business that opened only one hour a week, how long would it take me to retail over seventy thousand units ?????[/p][/quote]59 mins ? Darrens Delivery Service
  • Score: -5

7:06pm Mon 12 May 14

HenningBerg-er says...

burner wrote:
OK , but I was thinking, say, 5 or 6 items in each meal . . . . if I had a retail business that opened only one hour a week, how long would it take me to retail over seventy thousand units ?????
If we say, on average, every individual who comes to the food bank takes away enough for three meals a day (from which they would feed an entire family), over a week, they would be taking away 21 meals.

Using the above model, if the food bank has distributed 14,000 meals over the past year, it would have had 667 visits.

667 visits spread over 52 weeks is 13 visits a week.

13 visits a week would mean serving one individual every 5 minutes, which is very easily possible.

Of course, I have no idea how Tauheedul have calculated what is mentioned in the article, and what I have mentioned above is all very hypothetical but my point is, 'distributing 14,000 meals in a year is very possible.'

Remember, I have based these calculations on one individual taking three meals a day to feed their family, but I'm sure there will be people with larger families who require more food.
[quote][p][bold]burner[/bold] wrote: OK , but I was thinking, say, 5 or 6 items in each meal . . . . if I had a retail business that opened only one hour a week, how long would it take me to retail over seventy thousand units ?????[/p][/quote]If we say, on average, every individual who comes to the food bank takes away enough for three meals a day (from which they would feed an entire family), over a week, they would be taking away 21 meals. Using the above model, if the food bank has distributed 14,000 meals over the past year, it would have had 667 visits. 667 visits spread over 52 weeks is 13 visits a week. 13 visits a week would mean serving one individual every 5 minutes, which is very easily possible. Of course, I have no idea how Tauheedul have calculated what is mentioned in the article, and what I have mentioned above is all very hypothetical but my point is, 'distributing 14,000 meals in a year is very possible.' Remember, I have based these calculations on one individual taking three meals a day to feed their family, but I'm sure there will be people with larger families who require more food. HenningBerg-er
  • Score: 8

7:12pm Mon 12 May 14

blackburn4life says...

burner wrote:
OK , but I was thinking, say, 5 or 6 items in each meal . . . . if I had a retail business that opened only one hour a week, how long would it take me to retail over seventy thousand units ?????
Why can't you accept that this school has done and is doing something good. They're not doing it just for the muslim community but it's open for all. Integration in action.

Why can't you just say, "Well done!!!".

Why do you have to look for faults or mistakes??
[quote][p][bold]burner[/bold] wrote: OK , but I was thinking, say, 5 or 6 items in each meal . . . . if I had a retail business that opened only one hour a week, how long would it take me to retail over seventy thousand units ?????[/p][/quote]Why can't you accept that this school has done and is doing something good. They're not doing it just for the muslim community but it's open for all. Integration in action. Why can't you just say, "Well done!!!". Why do you have to look for faults or mistakes?? blackburn4life
  • Score: 12

7:35pm Mon 12 May 14

woolywords says...

On behalf of those whom have a very real need of the help of food banks,
thank you for your time, consideration and efforts. You can be rightly proud of what you have done, and continue to do.
As for the numbers, one, is far too many...
Well done, to all concerned.
On behalf of those whom have a very real need of the help of food banks, thank you for your time, consideration and efforts. You can be rightly proud of what you have done, and continue to do. As for the numbers, one, is far too many... Well done, to all concerned. woolywords
  • Score: 15

8:16pm Mon 12 May 14

burner says...

I will say, " well done " . . . but I am still incredulous.
I will say, " well done " . . . but I am still incredulous. burner
  • Score: -6

11:38pm Mon 12 May 14

DGower says...

A huge well done and a pat on the back for the teachers and students that run this food bank each week. As someone who frequents the nearby Primary School on a Friday, I often see long queues of people waiting to go into the school building. I have always wondered why they were queuing and now I know. I hasten to add that this group seems to support more non muslim people than Asian folk which is good to see. Keep up the great work.
David
A huge well done and a pat on the back for the teachers and students that run this food bank each week. As someone who frequents the nearby Primary School on a Friday, I often see long queues of people waiting to go into the school building. I have always wondered why they were queuing and now I know. I hasten to add that this group seems to support more non muslim people than Asian folk which is good to see. Keep up the great work. David DGower
  • Score: 14

12:35am Tue 13 May 14

editor1988 says...

Excellent effort by the school, the Tauheedul Relief Trust and the boys.

Well done.

I came across some case studies, see below. This is the first school in the UK that runs a weekly food bank for people from all backgrounds. Excellent effort. Well done. Well done to Katie Mercer for reporting this story.

John Says Thank You
John’s benefits were suspended. He used his savings to pay his bills. John had nothing left in his cupboards and desperately required food. He was referred to the Club by a friend. He said:

“Tauheedul have helped me massively. I have been able to get food when I have been suspended from job seekers & I have no income. I owe a lot to Tauheedul because they are helping me survive in a sense. When you have no income you are down in the dumps. I am very grateful as they are allowing me to live life”.

“I did not eat for three days”
“I didn’t eat for three days in a week and I tell you it’s not pleasant. It was really difficult. I remember once walking down here and I was going to faint. The only thing that kept me going was that I knew I was going to get some food that would last me an entire week. I also knew I would be able to come back next week. Food for All helps you for as long as you need it. There’s no time span on this. This is a God send.” (Michael)

http://www.tauheedul
relief.org/campaigns
/food-for-all/
Excellent effort by the school, the Tauheedul Relief Trust and the boys. Well done. I came across some case studies, see below. This is the first school in the UK that runs a weekly food bank for people from all backgrounds. Excellent effort. Well done. Well done to Katie Mercer for reporting this story. John Says Thank You John’s benefits were suspended. He used his savings to pay his bills. John had nothing left in his cupboards and desperately required food. He was referred to the Club by a friend. He said: “Tauheedul have helped me massively. I have been able to get food when I have been suspended from job seekers & I have no income. I owe a lot to Tauheedul because they are helping me survive in a sense. When you have no income you are down in the dumps. I am very grateful as they are allowing me to live life”. “I did not eat for three days” “I didn’t eat for three days in a week and I tell you it’s not pleasant. It was really difficult. I remember once walking down here and I was going to faint. The only thing that kept me going was that I knew I was going to get some food that would last me an entire week. I also knew I would be able to come back next week. Food for All helps you for as long as you need it. There’s no time span on this. This is a God send.” (Michael) http://www.tauheedul relief.org/campaigns /food-for-all/ editor1988
  • Score: 9

12:36am Tue 13 May 14

editor1988 says...

The foodbank is doing a very good job like the Blackburn Foodbank.

Read this article written by one of the charities staff.

Forced between eating and heating

With the increase in the number of people depending on charities, the debate on food poverty and food waste has become a hot political topic.

Approximately 13 million people are reliant on food aid, while thousands of children are going to school hungry. Consequently, a soaring number of people are resorting to food banks. This is just not the story you would expect in Britain.

If you have any stereotypes in your mind about the type of people being fed by food banks then allow me to dissipate them.

Many of these people have a roof over their heads. Some work but are not paid enough.

A majority are ordinary people that have never depended on charity before but now they have no choice.

With mortgage bills and rent prices going up, what do these people do? Do they lose their house? Do they pay the bills? Or do they feed their children? People are being forced to choose between eating and heating.

While at one end of the spectrum millions are on the brink of starvation, at the other end 18 million tonnes of food ends up in landfills.

Supermarkets and restaurants are embracing a throw-away culture by discarding food just because it’s not looking good enough. Additionally, families are binning food not fit for the kitchen table. This is a pivotal concern and a national disgrace.

As consumers we need to make a demand to the supermarkets to stock fruit and vegetables as they have been grown and not to only display the appealing stock.

Furthermore, as individuals we must take a step back and think about the amount of food we waste in our homes just because it doesn’t tickle our taste buds. We should purchase food that we will consume. We must avoid wasting food as this is not only good for our pockets but it is good for our society.

At Tauheedul Relief Trust, we have set up a unique ‘Food for All’ initiative that aims to raise awareness of, and eradicate, food poverty and food wastage. ‘Food for All’ is a school based food education programme that involves young children running Food Clubs in schools.

The first Food Club began a year ago at Tauheedul Boys’ School in Blackburn and has tackled food poverty by providing food packs to disadvantaged individuals and families via the weekly bank that operates from the school every Friday afternoon.

Within one year, the club has provided 14,000 meals to some of the poorest people in Blackburn. In addition, it has increased understanding of food waste and poverty and demonstrated community cohesion through active citizenship.

It is important for communities, organisations and the food industry to think of innovative and creative methods of tackling food poverty and waste. Schools should play an integral role while ensuring every child has access to a nutritious meal on a daily basis.

http://www.lancashir
etelegraph.co.uk/arc
hive/2014/05/02/1118
9878.MIRIAM_KAUSER__
Forced_between_eatin
g_and_heating/?ref=a
rc
The foodbank is doing a very good job like the Blackburn Foodbank. Read this article written by one of the charities staff. Forced between eating and heating With the increase in the number of people depending on charities, the debate on food poverty and food waste has become a hot political topic. Approximately 13 million people are reliant on food aid, while thousands of children are going to school hungry. Consequently, a soaring number of people are resorting to food banks. This is just not the story you would expect in Britain. If you have any stereotypes in your mind about the type of people being fed by food banks then allow me to dissipate them. Many of these people have a roof over their heads. Some work but are not paid enough. A majority are ordinary people that have never depended on charity before but now they have no choice. With mortgage bills and rent prices going up, what do these people do? Do they lose their house? Do they pay the bills? Or do they feed their children? People are being forced to choose between eating and heating. While at one end of the spectrum millions are on the brink of starvation, at the other end 18 million tonnes of food ends up in landfills. Supermarkets and restaurants are embracing a throw-away culture by discarding food just because it’s not looking good enough. Additionally, families are binning food not fit for the kitchen table. This is a pivotal concern and a national disgrace. As consumers we need to make a demand to the supermarkets to stock fruit and vegetables as they have been grown and not to only display the appealing stock. Furthermore, as individuals we must take a step back and think about the amount of food we waste in our homes just because it doesn’t tickle our taste buds. We should purchase food that we will consume. We must avoid wasting food as this is not only good for our pockets but it is good for our society. At Tauheedul Relief Trust, we have set up a unique ‘Food for All’ initiative that aims to raise awareness of, and eradicate, food poverty and food wastage. ‘Food for All’ is a school based food education programme that involves young children running Food Clubs in schools. The first Food Club began a year ago at Tauheedul Boys’ School in Blackburn and has tackled food poverty by providing food packs to disadvantaged individuals and families via the weekly bank that operates from the school every Friday afternoon. Within one year, the club has provided 14,000 meals to some of the poorest people in Blackburn. In addition, it has increased understanding of food waste and poverty and demonstrated community cohesion through active citizenship. It is important for communities, organisations and the food industry to think of innovative and creative methods of tackling food poverty and waste. Schools should play an integral role while ensuring every child has access to a nutritious meal on a daily basis. http://www.lancashir etelegraph.co.uk/arc hive/2014/05/02/1118 9878.MIRIAM_KAUSER__ Forced_between_eatin g_and_heating/?ref=a rc editor1988
  • Score: 9

12:38am Tue 13 May 14

editor1988 says...

This is the same school that achieved outstanding in its Ofsted. Well done. I also read on their Twitter account @foodforalluk that they provide a free breakfast club to Witton Park High School. Excellent.
This is the same school that achieved outstanding in its Ofsted. Well done. I also read on their Twitter account @foodforalluk that they provide a free breakfast club to Witton Park High School. Excellent. editor1988
  • Score: 10

10:23pm Tue 13 May 14

davtk8 says...

14,000 meals, how many people work 40 hours a week and still find that their wage does not cover food?! So this country has over £16 trillion a lot of it is being wasted on military in false flag wars; "they've got money for war but can't feed the poor". We're suppose to be the most richest nation in the world and 10,000s are on food welfare, surely this should not be happening when we live in society of middle class which allows people to work and earn and move up class.
14,000 meals, how many people work 40 hours a week and still find that their wage does not cover food?! So this country has over £16 trillion a lot of it is being wasted on military in [to be honest] false flag wars; "they've got money for war but can't feed the poor". We're suppose to be the most richest nation in the world and 10,000s are on food welfare, surely this should not be happening when we live in society of middle class which allows people to work and earn and move up class. davtk8
  • Score: 3

10:27pm Tue 13 May 14

davtk8 says...

If it weren't for our involvement in wars in Iraq and Afghanistan we would save £ billions and there'd be no need for foodbanks. It is known that £7 billion is what the Iraq war cost the UK over a 3 year period. That huge sum would fix the NHS deficit (£600 million) 67 TIMES OVER!

NO FOREIGN ENTANGLEMENT!
If it weren't for our involvement in wars in Iraq and Afghanistan we would save £ billions and there'd be no need for foodbanks. It is known that £7 billion is what the Iraq war cost the UK over a 3 year period. That huge sum would fix the NHS deficit (£600 million) 67 TIMES OVER! NO FOREIGN ENTANGLEMENT! davtk8
  • Score: 2

10:43pm Tue 13 May 14

2 for 5p ridesagain says...

Yummy yummy
Tonight I eat lobster bisque soup and then I had scallops with risotto and then I had a nice bowl of fruitcocktail washed down with a vintage white. Don't worry I thought about you food bank users, not much but I thought about you.
:-)
Yummy yummy Tonight I eat lobster bisque soup and then I had scallops with risotto and then I had a nice bowl of fruitcocktail washed down with a vintage white. Don't worry I thought about you food bank users, not much but I thought about you. :-) 2 for 5p ridesagain
  • Score: -7

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