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On 2 Oct 2016 at 4:12pm Mr Maths wrote:
Does anyone have the correct contact details for the Lewes food bank? I contacted the address given to me by the council to make a donation but got no reply.
Is there a place you can bring food to in town?
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On 2 Oct 2016 at 6:04pm Xplorer2 wrote:
There are three foodbanks in Lewes. Email contact details for each are on the LDC website: see the link below. One of them must work. There are also donation points in Tesco and Waitrose. I'm sure the staff there woul dgive you further details if you ask.

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On 2 Oct 2016 at 6:25pm Nibbles wrote:
What happened before the "food bank" proliferation?? How did people eat that had minimal means??
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On 2 Oct 2016 at 6:32pm xplorer2 wrote:
Nibbles, have you considered that perhaps the need for food-banks arose because of the economic crisis, job losses, the sub-minimum wage zero-hours gig economy, and the austerity policies we've seen from our government the past few years?
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On 2 Oct 2016 at 7:14pm Mark wrote:
And you might have noticed the sudden onslaught of beggars in Cliffe High Street, Nibbles? This is all caused by the radical "need for austerity" - aka tax cuts alongside squeezing public services.
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On 2 Oct 2016 at 7:51pm Sjep76 wrote:
To donate to Landport foodbank, you can drop stuff off to Landport Community Room. The contact is Debbie Twitchen, there were details in the latest Viva Lewes.
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On 2 Oct 2016 at 9:25pm Fairmeadow wrote:
There are now two food banks in Lewes, as the one at De Montfort has closed. One is based at King's Church, the other at Landport. I think the one at King's Church has the most customers, and it's location is more convenient unless you live in Landport.
There is also one run by Ringmer Baptist Church based in Ringmer Village Hall.
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On 2 Oct 2016 at 9:46pm Robin wrote:
And what do you need In order to obtain free food?
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On 2 Oct 2016 at 11:06pm Belladonna wrote:
You can also drop food bank donations off at the Labour Party HQ on North St, on Tuesday afternoons, where they will be taken to the Landport food bank
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On 2 Oct 2016 at 11:39pm Heartless Herb wrote:
Not only do our taxes pay their benefits but we're are now expected to supply their food.
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On 3 Oct 2016 at 12:41am The Greek wrote:
The real travesty is how food banks have become normalised and acceptable. In the 6th/7th largest economy in the world it is disgraceful people cannot afford to feed themselves. Tory "recovery" off the back of the weakest.
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On 3 Oct 2016 at 10:38am Harry wrote:
And I fear the fallout from the Tory 'recovery' will only get worse once they no longer have to conform to EU employment rules. They tried to weaken them about five years ago and were stopped by EU legislation.
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On 3 Oct 2016 at 10:54am . wrote:
Harry if you knew what you were talking about you would know that all EU law including employment laws will be automatically copied into UK law when they repeal the european communties act. They have already said they are not going to repeal any employment law so your fears are not backed up by any evidence of facts.
Try some history and learn that much of our fundamental worker's rights were installed before the EEC/EU and further rights would have happened in or out of the EU as they have done so in other western countries. 50% youth unemployment in Greece and similar levels in italy and spain show that your beloved project doesn't work as well for workers as you think.
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On 3 Oct 2016 at 11:08am Nibbles wrote:
I guess this is the governments policy of "collection plate" politics unfolding. The cuts on welfare save the state money, and they rely on "big society" to step in, plug the gap and save the day - in this case, food banks. Seems a good idea for the government, but they would miss out on tax revenue from reduced demand in supermarkets, food producers, potential PAYE jobs not being created etc. Ultimately a quick cut/saving doesn't always mean it will equate in a long term saving of UK Plc - with the threat of losing income from shrinking the state in the first instance.

But yea, its rather troubling that food banks have become so prolific in an economy of this size, and with the quantity of millionaires/billionaires there are.
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On 3 Oct 2016 at 2:36pm Historian wrote:
Austerity is something championed by the EU, every country experiencing it in variable degrees. Now we are nearly out, already the new chancellor has binned austerity in favour of growth, something that we always should have done. Without growth countries are nothing.
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On 3 Oct 2016 at 2:49pm Bulldog wrote:
How many of the food bank customers smoke weed, drink alcohol, have mobiles etc?
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On 3 Oct 2016 at 3:45pm Annette Curtin-Twitcher wrote:
As well as food, food banks also welcome basic toiletries, toilet roll, nappies etc.

The most common reason I have to refer clients to food banks is because benefit payments haven't been made for some reason.
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On 3 Oct 2016 at 3:45pm Fairmeadow wrote:
To use a food bank you need a referral, available from your doctor, social worker, Lewes DCS, Citizens Advice, etc. Referrals are normally for 3 weeks. You would be surprised at the range of people referred, but they include quite a lot of single parents who have been sanctioned by Concentrix on grounds that have recently made the national press, and resulted in their contract being ended. Concentrix were paid by results and have thus been "discovering" lots of lone parents actually have undisclosed "partners". On further investigation these "partners" turn out to be the previous tenant at your address, or someone deceased, or the person has failed to respond to a letter from Concentrix they never received, but for weeks while this chaos is sorted out they have to live on air, or the food bank. Will Concentrix ever pay back the mis claimed loot earned by their misinformation? I leave you to guess.
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On 3 Oct 2016 at 6:07pm Mr Maths wrote:
Thanks for the information, hopefully I can get this food to them this week.
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On 3 Oct 2016 at 11:50pm Local wrote:
Bulldog - you can add Costa to your accurate list.
Also, I'm sure there's an element of some people feeling that using a foodbank (helpfully freeing up more spare change for luxuries) also adds to their credentials as the put-upon by the horrible Tories.


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