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    • AnnieO1234
    • By AnnieO1234 11th Oct 16, 1:01 PM
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    Foodbanks or just practical food help in the community
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    Foodbanks or just practical food help in the community 11th Oct 16 at 1:01 PM
    I'll preface this by saying that our local food bank who was probably set up for all the right reasons has, in the last year, trebled its salary costs and now, for the first time, expenditure is exceeding income. The salary costs now represent approximately 66% of their total income compared with 23℅ there or thereabouts for the last few years.

    Ethically, I don't trust them. I am driven to do something, I have a friend in a big city who is giving hands on, direct assistance to the homeless. That's given me some impetus, by we don't have a homeless problem here. We do however, being an ex mining town, have issues of poverty and deprivation.

    So, does anyone have any suggestions of how/what etc it takes to do a food bank or food assistance programme?

    I'm even considering just bags of groceries on Facebook.

    Xx
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    • Stevie Palimo
    • By Stevie Palimo 11th Oct 16, 1:10 PM
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    Avoid Facebook as you will not know enough info on the people you are giving to and do need to see a certain criteria so that help is best placed to those that are in genuine need of it.

    Factor in running costs like fuel, a place to distribute it from and bills if any then time taken to deal with it as this will all add up to a sum of money, You need to look at the criteria to and cover yourself by only offering to certain people as some will try to fool the system in the hopes of free food and then spend the money they have on drink and cigs whilst others will be of genuine need.

    This would be quite hard to police and I think that there are certain costs involved as I said with any bills and then the checking aspect of a person coming in so that you only give food to the people that do really need it, The other main factor here is sourcing a regular supply of food to which will not be easy.
    • AnnieO1234
    • By AnnieO1234 11th Oct 16, 1:22 PM
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    • 11th Oct 16, 1:22 PM
    My initial thoughts are a limit of how many times a household can come, but the rest isn't my call. Xx
    • Stevie Palimo
    • By Stevie Palimo 11th Oct 16, 1:49 PM
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    I'd imagine it must be certain programme whereby people are limited to say one food parcel every fortnight or so, I believe a lot of theses places would have repeat visitors.
    • kingfisherblue
    • By kingfisherblue 11th Oct 16, 10:35 PM
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    • 11th Oct 16, 10:35 PM
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    • 11th Oct 16, 10:35 PM
    Do you have a Trussell Trust foodbank in your area? Many of the workers there are volunteers.

    You could also find out if local churches or other places of worship run their own foodbanks, as these tend to be run by volunteers as well.
    • Savvy_Sue
    • By Savvy_Sue 12th Oct 16, 2:37 AM
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    • 12th Oct 16, 2:37 AM
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    • 12th Oct 16, 2:37 AM
    Is there any option of becoming involved in the management of your local foodbank? If it has a management committee / trustees then are they looking for volunteers? It's one thing to say you don't trust them - and you may be right - but a critical friend can be very helpful.
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    • mardatha
    • By mardatha 24th Oct 16, 8:45 AM
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    • 24th Oct 16, 8:45 AM
    Salvation Army might be better?
    • Fireflyaway
    • By Fireflyaway 25th Nov 16, 8:52 PM
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    • 25th Nov 16, 8:52 PM
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    You would need to have a referral system to ensure these people really are in need as unfortunately there will be people who will misue the service. You could try setting up a social enterprise. I guess it party depends how much time you have to spend on this. Alternatively approach a church or community centre to see if you can work together. They might allow you to use their place for free.
    • sheramber
    • By sheramber 26th Nov 16, 4:55 PM
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    • 26th Nov 16, 4:55 PM
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    The Trussell Trust website will give you an idea of what is needed to set up and organise a food bank.

    https://www.trusselltrust.org/what-we-do/how-foodbanks-work/
    • knightstyle
    • By knightstyle 29th Nov 16, 11:15 PM
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    It never occurred to me that Foodbank staff were paid a salary.
    Here it is run by Church volunteers and the Sally Army organise the distribution.
    • Savvy_Sue
    • By Savvy_Sue 1st Dec 16, 2:37 AM
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    It never occurred to me that Foodbank staff were paid a salary.
    Originally posted by knightstyle
    Many charities start off with just volunteers, but the need for effective administration sometimes makes this unsustainable in the longer term. I'd be surprised if any foodbank was not using some volunteers, but many do have at least one paid member of staff.

    Here it is run by Church volunteers and the Sally Army organise the distribution.
    Originally posted by knightstyle
    And Salvation Army officers are paid.
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    • Pips Mum
    • By Pips Mum 30th Dec 16, 10:31 PM
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    Could you maybe get involved with the real Junk food project?
    http://therealjunkfoodproject.org/faqs/
    Our local one operates a "pay as you feel" cafe and also a food boutique where you purchase the items for a donation of whatever you can afford.
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    • Witless
    • By Witless 1st Jan 17, 1:49 PM
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    Many charities start off with just volunteers, but the need for effective administration sometimes makes this unsustainable in the longer term. I'd be surprised if any foodbank was not using some volunteers, but many do have at least one paid member of staff.

    And Salvation Army officers are paid.
    Originally posted by Savvy_Sue
    True; but this suggests the payments are not excessive.

    "Our CEO and Staff Pay

    The equivalent of our Chief Executive is our Territorial Leader, Commissioner Clive Adams, who is given remuneration of £15,500.

    Unlike most charities our Territorial Commander and many other people in senior roles are ministers of religion and do not receive a salary. When men and women make a commitment to Salvation Army officership they make a covenant with God. They receive financial remuneration (on average between £9,500 and £15,500) to cover their cost of living and a home is provided by way of officer’s quarters."


    http://www.salvationarmy.org.uk/our-trustees-and-staff-pay
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