A friend of mine that volunteers at a foodbank has just sent me the below images. They asked if their anonymity is kept and of course I’m respecting this.
The photos were taken as they were arriving for their shift at the food bank. It wasn’t open for some time, but the queue was already massive, people arriving early to make sure that they’d get some food.
As you can see the queue consisted of People, all differing in their needs. What can’t be missed is the people using wheelchairs queueing for food parcels.on Christmas Eve.
Also in the queue are elderly people and families with children.
You don’t need me to tell you that this shouldn’t be happening , it’s heartbreaking.
You can always find the measure of a country by seeing how they look after the poor, young, elderly and disabled.
The conservative government is blatantly failing on this front. As a country we can’t be proud of this either.
Being proud of a country is about being proud of what it actually does right, and how it treats those in need. It’s not about waving flags and singing the national anthem.
We can however also look back on history and also be ashamed for the very same reasons. Ignoring the fact that the UK government is causing direct harm to people won’t make it go away.
Whilst the government has been focusing on ridiculous things like blue passports people are dying, thousands are becoming homeless and many are becoming ill from poverty related illnesses.
Meanwhile the public are bombarded with images of the royal family having a lovely Christmas, the people queuing at this foodbank and others won’t be able to celebrate.
Its simply not acceptable.
I messaged the volunteer that took the below images and this is what they said
It felt like a slap in the face for them too. It’s a reminder of their privilege. Because despite having their own difficulties they can sit in a warm house, with food, having just wrapped presents for their family.
They went on to say that it makes them angry and sad that this is happening, that they wished that they could do more to help. There’s more that many could do, so let’s do it.
Helping others doesn’t have to cost a penny. A kind word, saying hello in the street makes the world of difference to someone that lives alone and hasn’t spoken to anyone for a long time.
Being a friend costs nothing also, sharing what you no longer need doesn’t either. Of course I realise that many people have nothing to give to someone else.
Let’s spend the festive period and the coming year to be kind and thoughtful towards each other. We need to do this because the government won’t ever care about you.
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5 thoughts on “Long foodbank queues on Christmas Eve.”
It’s like something from a Dickens novel…
“Wealth of World’s 10 Richest Men Doubled in Pandemic”
Yep, and to imagine that this is happening all over the country, in every town & city. And all as a result of Tory policies. Social Security is broken, and we all know who broke it. They’ve done their best to try destroy the Welfare State and were/are ideologically driven to do so. Foodbank here has been the busiest ever.
Absolutely it is I wrote this blog post with this knowledge xx
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Merry Christmas to you and the family Charlotte.
Hoping 2022 is a far better year than the previous 11,but especially the last 2 in particular.
Love, respect and solidarity to all involved in this fight against the Tories.
Long live Socialism!
Charlotte we all know this is appalling and absolutely no one should have to live like this! I was truly shocked last week at work when I nearly tripped over a load of bags in the family workers room at our school, there were masses of them filled with toys and each labelled with a pupils name. School had secured a charity grant, and the toys were intended for our vulnerable kids. As well as the toys, we’re bags of food, which the parents are told they “won” in a surprise draw , to protect their dignity! These kids are the next generation, how can we expect them to respect society when they and their families are treated like this? A peaceful restful holidays to all of you
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