Darlington food store network expands

FOODBANK: Karen Scott gets a food parcel from volunteer Ac Coltman at the foodbank at King's Church

FOODBANK: Karen Scott gets a food parcel from volunteer Ac Coltman at the foodbank at King's Church

First published in News

AN emergency foodbank network that has helped hundreds of vulnerable people over the past three years is opening a new distribution point.

The King’s Church Foodstore Network, based at Whessoe Road, in Darlington, is opening its fourth distribution point at St Andrew’s Church, in Haughton Green.

The network – an initiative by the Darlington Churches Together group – began in 2012 and gave out 500 emergency food parcels last month, with the average customer visiting the food store six times.

The new distribution point will be open every Wednesday from July 5, from 9.15am to 10.15am, and means people in Darlington will have access to emergency food six days a week.

Lisa Marsh, general manager of the Darlington FoodStore Network said: “As an organisation it has always been our aim to provide the best coverage for those in the town most in need.

“We have many clients who may be old, infirm or mums with toddlers and we want to make sure our network is accessible to all in the town.”

The network works in conjunction with Darlington Citizens Advice Bureau, Age UK Darlington, Darlington Borough Council, the Bridge2Home scheme and Darlington Credit Union and is the inspiration for the national FoodStore Network.

The project, funded by the Cinnamon Network and Christian charity Tearfund, aims to provide independent church-based foodbanks with a stronger voice and better support for those in need.

It also helps others to start up their own foodbanks across the country.

The King’s Church food store is usually open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from1pm to 3pm.

For more information call 01325-489664, visit foodstorenetwork.org or email foodstore@kingschurchdarlington.org

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1:23pm Fri 27 Jun 14

DarloXman says...

Let me predict that this will be a success! They are going to have many customers for the free food. Much easier than spending your money wisely and ensuring your children and yourself are fed as a priority - being a regular customer at a food bank means you can choose to spend your cash on alcohol, cigarettes, mobile phone, Sky TV subscription, pet food as well as optional tattoos and piercings.
Let me predict that this will be a success! They are going to have many customers for the free food. Much easier than spending your money wisely and ensuring your children and yourself are fed as a priority - being a regular customer at a food bank means you can choose to spend your cash on alcohol, cigarettes, mobile phone, Sky TV subscription, pet food as well as optional tattoos and piercings. DarloXman
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10:45am Wed 16 Jul 14

Beth77 says...

DarloXman wrote:
Let me predict that this will be a success! They are going to have many customers for the free food. Much easier than spending your money wisely and ensuring your children and yourself are fed as a priority - being a regular customer at a food bank means you can choose to spend your cash on alcohol, cigarettes, mobile phone, Sky TV subscription, pet food as well as optional tattoos and piercings.
Obviously you've never volunteered at a food bank or know anyone who uses one? It's great to know that there are so many closed minded people living in Darlington. God forbid anyone should knowingly or unknowingly get themselves into a situation where they have to humble themselves and ask for help. FYI money spent on alcohol, cigarettes, tattoos etc isn't taken into account of outgoings. The food store network is there for people in crisis and need. You thinking people would choose to get a small bag of very basic groceries that they have no choice over is more of a testament to your character and not theirs. I pray that you never need to use a food bank.
[quote][p][bold]DarloXman[/bold] wrote: Let me predict that this will be a success! They are going to have many customers for the free food. Much easier than spending your money wisely and ensuring your children and yourself are fed as a priority - being a regular customer at a food bank means you can choose to spend your cash on alcohol, cigarettes, mobile phone, Sky TV subscription, pet food as well as optional tattoos and piercings.[/p][/quote]Obviously you've never volunteered at a food bank or know anyone who uses one? It's great to know that there are so many closed minded people living in Darlington. God forbid anyone should knowingly or unknowingly get themselves into a situation where they have to humble themselves and ask for help. FYI money spent on alcohol, cigarettes, tattoos etc isn't taken into account of outgoings. The food store network is there for people in crisis and need. You thinking people would choose to get a small bag of very basic groceries that they have no choice over is more of a testament to your character and not theirs. I pray that you never need to use a food bank. Beth77
  • Score: 1

11:00am Wed 16 Jul 14

Beth77 says...

DarloXman wrote:
Let me predict that this will be a success! They are going to have many customers for the free food. Much easier than spending your money wisely and ensuring your children and yourself are fed as a priority - being a regular customer at a food bank means you can choose to spend your cash on alcohol, cigarettes, mobile phone, Sky TV subscription, pet food as well as optional tattoos and piercings.
Obviously you've never volunteered at a food bank or know anyone who uses one? It's great to know that there are so many closed minded people living in Darlington. God forbid anyone should knowingly or unknowingly get themselves into a situation where they have to humble themselves and ask for help. FYI money spent on alcohol, cigarettes, tattoos etc isn't taken into account of outgoings. The food store network is there for people in crisis and need. You thinking people would choose to get a small bag of very basic groceries that they have no choice over is more of a testament to your character and not theirs. I pray that you never need to use a food bank.
[quote][p][bold]DarloXman[/bold] wrote: Let me predict that this will be a success! They are going to have many customers for the free food. Much easier than spending your money wisely and ensuring your children and yourself are fed as a priority - being a regular customer at a food bank means you can choose to spend your cash on alcohol, cigarettes, mobile phone, Sky TV subscription, pet food as well as optional tattoos and piercings.[/p][/quote]Obviously you've never volunteered at a food bank or know anyone who uses one? It's great to know that there are so many closed minded people living in Darlington. God forbid anyone should knowingly or unknowingly get themselves into a situation where they have to humble themselves and ask for help. FYI money spent on alcohol, cigarettes, tattoos etc isn't taken into account of outgoings. The food store network is there for people in crisis and need. You thinking people would choose to get a small bag of very basic groceries that they have no choice over is more of a testament to your character and not theirs. I pray that you never need to use a food bank. Beth77
  • Score: 1

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