Waste food to be used in war on poverty in Southampton

Daily Echo: The team launches the CRUMBS scheme. The team launches the CRUMBS scheme.

HUNDREDS of tonnes of unwanted food from supermarkets in Southampton will be used to tackle poverty in the city.

The city council and a local charity have teamed up to launch the Co-ordinated Re-Use Makes Business Sense (CRUMBS) project.

They say the scheme, which has been backed by city MP Alan Whitehead, will also boost small businesses in the city and create 50 jobs and volunteering posts.

As part of the CRUMBS project, which was formally launched yesterday, in-date food that would otherwise be thrown away by supermarkets will be redistributed to the city’s poorest residents.

It will also provide jobs and training opportunities for young people at local businesses and community organisations.

The city council and charity Southampton City and Region Action to Combat Hardship (SCRATCH) won £335,000 funding through the South England European Regional Development Fund to kickstart the scheme.

Other charities, such as the Society of St James, Two Saints and Basics Bank will also be involved, as will supermarkets Asda, Tesco, Sainsbury’s Marks & Spencer and food firms Kellogg’s, Weetabix, Nestle and Brake Brothers.

It will create a recover-recycle-reuse network which will divert food and business waste from landfill, therefore reducing carbon emissions.

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Fifty paid posts and voluntary positions will be created, while unwanted office furniture and equipment will be distributed to local charities and small and medium-sized businesses.

City leisure and economic development chief Matt Tucker said: “CRUMBS is a hugely valuable project for Southampton, as it addresses a number of important issues at the same time as providing jobs and training opportunities for residents.”

A new website offering advice and information to businesses and charities will also be set up.

“It’s vital that we do all we can to tackle the growing issue of food poverty, so I’m particularly pleased that we’ve been able to get retailers and supermarkets on board,” he added.

“The fact that the project contributes to our drive to reduce carbon emissions while improving the lives of residents is something to be welcomed.”

Test Labour MP Alan Whitehead said: “A number of people have been working hard to bring [food supply organisation] Fareshare to Southampton, and I am proud to have played my part in getting this idea moving.

“This project has come a long way from a quick chat at an exhibition to the potential massive success story for the city that it now is.”

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1:32pm Tue 18 Feb 14

George4th says...

All these people tied up in this effort to grow the business of providing for those who are "supposedly" unable to provide for themselves. It's a growth industry and attracts many who are not in need but enjoy the free ride! It encourages more people into the dependency culture!

The Welfare State provides a safety net for anyone in difficulty so why is this all necessary?

Having listened to many of the professionals over the years, the one thing that most of these people need is Financial Planning Guidance. They need to be taught how to manage their finances, how to structure their day, how not to spend wastefully, how to pay their bills, how to food shop cheaply, how to cook cheaply, how not to gamble/smoke//drink alcohol/do drugs, eat takeaways etc etc. Professionals and volunteers would b e doing a much better job if they went down that road. It's not rocket science!

Yes, I agree there will always be some who need help and yes, I agree it should be provided. But instead of putting Elastoplast over the problem, let's give people the tools with which to cope with their situation.
All these people tied up in this effort to grow the business of providing for those who are "supposedly" unable to provide for themselves. It's a growth industry and attracts many who are not in need but enjoy the free ride! It encourages more people into the dependency culture! The Welfare State provides a safety net for anyone in difficulty so why is this all necessary? Having listened to many of the professionals over the years, the one thing that most of these people need is Financial Planning Guidance. They need to be taught how to manage their finances, how to structure their day, how not to spend wastefully, how to pay their bills, how to food shop cheaply, how to cook cheaply, how not to gamble/smoke//drink alcohol/do drugs, eat takeaways etc etc. Professionals and volunteers would b e doing a much better job if they went down that road. It's not rocket science! Yes, I agree there will always be some who need help and yes, I agree it should be provided. But instead of putting Elastoplast over the problem, let's give people the tools with which to cope with their situation. George4th
  • Score: 6

2:16pm Tue 18 Feb 14

Quizbook says...

George4th wrote:
All these people tied up in this effort to grow the business of providing for those who are "supposedly" unable to provide for themselves. It's a growth industry and attracts many who are not in need but enjoy the free ride! It encourages more people into the dependency culture!

The Welfare State provides a safety net for anyone in difficulty so why is this all necessary?

Having listened to many of the professionals over the years, the one thing that most of these people need is Financial Planning Guidance. They need to be taught how to manage their finances, how to structure their day, how not to spend wastefully, how to pay their bills, how to food shop cheaply, how to cook cheaply, how not to gamble/smoke//drink alcohol/do drugs, eat takeaways etc etc. Professionals and volunteers would b e doing a much better job if they went down that road. It's not rocket science!

Yes, I agree there will always be some who need help and yes, I agree it should be provided. But instead of putting Elastoplast over the problem, let's give people the tools with which to cope with their situation.
Have you tried living on JSA / DLA ?

What a pinched, miserable little life you must live.

Try to get out more.
[quote][p][bold]George4th[/bold] wrote: All these people tied up in this effort to grow the business of providing for those who are "supposedly" unable to provide for themselves. It's a growth industry and attracts many who are not in need but enjoy the free ride! It encourages more people into the dependency culture! The Welfare State provides a safety net for anyone in difficulty so why is this all necessary? Having listened to many of the professionals over the years, the one thing that most of these people need is Financial Planning Guidance. They need to be taught how to manage their finances, how to structure their day, how not to spend wastefully, how to pay their bills, how to food shop cheaply, how to cook cheaply, how not to gamble/smoke//drink alcohol/do drugs, eat takeaways etc etc. Professionals and volunteers would b e doing a much better job if they went down that road. It's not rocket science! Yes, I agree there will always be some who need help and yes, I agree it should be provided. But instead of putting Elastoplast over the problem, let's give people the tools with which to cope with their situation.[/p][/quote]Have you tried living on JSA / DLA ? What a pinched, miserable little life you must live. Try to get out more. Quizbook
  • Score: -4

3:25pm Tue 18 Feb 14

George4th says...

Quizbook wrote:
George4th wrote:
All these people tied up in this effort to grow the business of providing for those who are "supposedly" unable to provide for themselves. It's a growth industry and attracts many who are not in need but enjoy the free ride! It encourages more people into the dependency culture!

The Welfare State provides a safety net for anyone in difficulty so why is this all necessary?

Having listened to many of the professionals over the years, the one thing that most of these people need is Financial Planning Guidance. They need to be taught how to manage their finances, how to structure their day, how not to spend wastefully, how to pay their bills, how to food shop cheaply, how to cook cheaply, how not to gamble/smoke//drink alcohol/do drugs, eat takeaways etc etc. Professionals and volunteers would b e doing a much better job if they went down that road. It's not rocket science!

Yes, I agree there will always be some who need help and yes, I agree it should be provided. But instead of putting Elastoplast over the problem, let's give people the tools with which to cope with their situation.
Have you tried living on JSA / DLA ?

What a pinched, miserable little life you must live.

Try to get out more.
Sounds like you're making excuses instead of being constructive........
..
[quote][p][bold]Quizbook[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]George4th[/bold] wrote: All these people tied up in this effort to grow the business of providing for those who are "supposedly" unable to provide for themselves. It's a growth industry and attracts many who are not in need but enjoy the free ride! It encourages more people into the dependency culture! The Welfare State provides a safety net for anyone in difficulty so why is this all necessary? Having listened to many of the professionals over the years, the one thing that most of these people need is Financial Planning Guidance. They need to be taught how to manage their finances, how to structure their day, how not to spend wastefully, how to pay their bills, how to food shop cheaply, how to cook cheaply, how not to gamble/smoke//drink alcohol/do drugs, eat takeaways etc etc. Professionals and volunteers would b e doing a much better job if they went down that road. It's not rocket science! Yes, I agree there will always be some who need help and yes, I agree it should be provided. But instead of putting Elastoplast over the problem, let's give people the tools with which to cope with their situation.[/p][/quote]Have you tried living on JSA / DLA ? What a pinched, miserable little life you must live. Try to get out more.[/p][/quote]Sounds like you're making excuses instead of being constructive........ .. George4th
  • Score: 5

8:06pm Tue 18 Feb 14

Donald2000 says...

I don't like the fact that big noise Whitehead thinks he invented all of this on his own. The fact is that those of us involved in organisations like Southampton Action for Employment (SAFE) with links to the church knew that there was a stock of recycled food years ago and had access to it. All of a sudden Johnny come lately Whitehead thinks he has invented it.
I don't like the fact that big noise Whitehead thinks he invented all of this on his own. The fact is that those of us involved in organisations like Southampton Action for Employment (SAFE) with links to the church knew that there was a stock of recycled food years ago and had access to it. All of a sudden Johnny come lately Whitehead thinks he has invented it. Donald2000
  • Score: 1

8:31pm Wed 19 Feb 14

KSO16R says...

George4th wrote:
Quizbook wrote:
George4th wrote:
All these people tied up in this effort to grow the business of providing for those who are "supposedly" unable to provide for themselves. It's a growth industry and attracts many who are not in need but enjoy the free ride! It encourages more people into the dependency culture!

The Welfare State provides a safety net for anyone in difficulty so why is this all necessary?

Having listened to many of the professionals over the years, the one thing that most of these people need is Financial Planning Guidance. They need to be taught how to manage their finances, how to structure their day, how not to spend wastefully, how to pay their bills, how to food shop cheaply, how to cook cheaply, how not to gamble/smoke//drink alcohol/do drugs, eat takeaways etc etc. Professionals and volunteers would b e doing a much better job if they went down that road. It's not rocket science!

Yes, I agree there will always be some who need help and yes, I agree it should be provided. But instead of putting Elastoplast over the problem, let's give people the tools with which to cope with their situation.
Have you tried living on JSA / DLA ?

What a pinched, miserable little life you must live.

Try to get out more.
Sounds like you're making excuses instead of being constructive........

..
But have you tried living on benefits? (Insults not good quizbook)
[quote][p][bold]George4th[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Quizbook[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]George4th[/bold] wrote: All these people tied up in this effort to grow the business of providing for those who are "supposedly" unable to provide for themselves. It's a growth industry and attracts many who are not in need but enjoy the free ride! It encourages more people into the dependency culture! The Welfare State provides a safety net for anyone in difficulty so why is this all necessary? Having listened to many of the professionals over the years, the one thing that most of these people need is Financial Planning Guidance. They need to be taught how to manage their finances, how to structure their day, how not to spend wastefully, how to pay their bills, how to food shop cheaply, how to cook cheaply, how not to gamble/smoke//drink alcohol/do drugs, eat takeaways etc etc. Professionals and volunteers would b e doing a much better job if they went down that road. It's not rocket science! Yes, I agree there will always be some who need help and yes, I agree it should be provided. But instead of putting Elastoplast over the problem, let's give people the tools with which to cope with their situation.[/p][/quote]Have you tried living on JSA / DLA ? What a pinched, miserable little life you must live. Try to get out more.[/p][/quote]Sounds like you're making excuses instead of being constructive........ ..[/p][/quote]But have you tried living on benefits? (Insults not good quizbook) KSO16R
  • Score: 1

8:33pm Wed 19 Feb 14

KSO16R says...

But have you tried living on benefits george4th ? (Insults not good quizbook)
But have you tried living on benefits george4th ? (Insults not good quizbook) KSO16R
  • Score: 0

9:34pm Wed 19 Feb 14

KSO16R says...

Donald2000 wrote:
I don't like the fact that big noise Whitehead thinks he invented all of this on his own. The fact is that those of us involved in organisations like Southampton Action for Employment (SAFE) with links to the church knew that there was a stock of recycled food years ago and had access to it. All of a sudden Johnny come lately Whitehead thinks he has invented it.
Mr whitehead is up for reselection as MP. Guess he wants to raoise his profile a bit.
[quote][p][bold]Donald2000[/bold] wrote: I don't like the fact that big noise Whitehead thinks he invented all of this on his own. The fact is that those of us involved in organisations like Southampton Action for Employment (SAFE) with links to the church knew that there was a stock of recycled food years ago and had access to it. All of a sudden Johnny come lately Whitehead thinks he has invented it.[/p][/quote]Mr whitehead is up for reselection as MP. Guess he wants to raoise his profile a bit. KSO16R
  • Score: 2

12:20am Thu 20 Feb 14

egghead65 says...

nice one.big up crumb
nice one.big up crumb egghead65
  • Score: 0

11:19am Thu 20 Feb 14

WILLIAM HAGUES TWIN BROTHER. says...

crumbs from the rich mans table , i think a name change is in order , on the subject of benefits ,the council of europe says uk benefit payments need to double.
crumbs from the rich mans table , i think a name change is in order , on the subject of benefits ,the council of europe says uk benefit payments need to double. WILLIAM HAGUES TWIN BROTHER.
  • Score: 1

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