Well mate, try going along to one of these foodbanks. And see for yourself who’s turning up. People in real need who are embarassed, who have been shoved out the door by Work and Income and refused help.
This is what my office was told this morning by one of these foodbanks:
… referred to the “new poor” and noted that they are not as resilient as those who have been poor on a long term basis. Their distress is high. She said that last week she was dealing with a former staff member from a govt department.
Farrar believes people who use foodbanks fall into one of three categories:
- Those whose expenses regularly exceed their income – which probably does indicate a budget prioritisation issue
- Those who have a temporary one off high priority expense, such as medical bills (note special need grants are also available)
- Those who prefer free food to paying for food
What rubbish. Talk about out of touch. And yes, I’m pretty cross.