I’ve got mixed feelings about this report as it’s the Salvation Army providing the food parcels and one is led to ask whether those doing the handing-out are being forced to do so under the rules of Workfare.
That being said, there’s no denying the validity of the message: With summer here, pressure on food banks will increase and those who have profited from the past few years have an obligation to help those who have suffered. Hopefully they’ll understand that – but I doubt it.


Darlington community workers are urging people to increase food bank donations, as the summer holiday sparks a surge in demand.

The Salvation Army provides free food parcels every Friday evening and the King’s Church has operated the Food Store and three other distribution centres in the town since February 2012.

Both look to provide emergency food resources for those unable to feed themselves or their families with all work carried out by hard working volunteers.

> Hope they are all volunteers – Salvation Army has a poor record regarding Workfare.

Summer is a crucial time for the projects, as the beginning of six weeks of school holidays leaves many families unable to cope.

King’s Church network manager Lisa Marsh said: “It is important that people can put food on the table.

“The last two summers has seen an increase in the demand for more food donations, often from families…

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