Yes am on one today LOL
Have you ever had to use one? I have. Twice last year. The lady who ran the food bank told me its mostly short term help that people come for but there are a few who depend on them.
My food parcel consisted of tins, dried goods and no perishable items, not all but some were extra value stuff.
I am an old fashioned cook and I looked at the collection of foods and thought, how the hell do I make a meal out of this if mother hubbards cupboard was completely empty. Luckily I had some staples in the house like potatoes which meant I could do corned beef hash with beans.. or beans on toast, or tuna on toast.. but that was it.
It got me thinking. Is society that in general so far away from cooking from scratch. I always have flour an eggs etc in, always a pack of pudding rice, milk butter so I can make rice pudding or cakes should I fancy something nice. Dont people know how to cook anymore. I know home education is not taught the same in schools anymore unless a chosen subject. I wonder if this should now become mandatory.
Anyway I digress.. I often walk past the food bank box in tescos and have a sneak peek as I glide past at what people put in it. I see lots of extra value products and my heart always sinks.
First off, if thats all they can afford to give, then its very welcomed am sure, but I wonder if sometimes its a case of, well they are hungry they will eat anything? My cat and dog both refused some tuna from an extra value tesco tin and I never touched it again.
I dont mean to sound ungrateful in anyway, dont get me wrong. But I think sometimes when you have nothing, a decent, good quality meal can make you feel ready to take on the world again, but if your really down on your luck and your mood is dropping and your given a tin of extra value sketti bollocknasie which tastes nasty, its not.. is it..
I only live in a small town and the local food bank does not have facilities for more fresher produce although the lady did say they are working on it and also on recipe cards.
Kinda hope that times will change and the need for F'banks will change for the better, but I cant help think that we are mimicking Dickensian times with a 21st century twist