Supermarket helps foodbank with donations trolley

Basildon Recorder: Got to give – Kary Lei, Demi Tatham, Susanna Caira-Neeson, Ben D’Mellow and Paula Howard at Asda in the Eastgate shopping centre, Basildon Got to give – Kary Lei, Demi Tatham, Susanna Caira-Neeson, Ben D’Mellow and Paula Howard at Asda in the Eastgate shopping centre, Basildon

AN Asda supermarket has rushed to help a struggling food bank in Basildon.

Tins and Things operates as part of Community bank, Choices Family Support Service, in Saffron Court, Laindon.

The organisation, which opened last November, is finding it difficult to meet demand.

However, Asda, in Eastgate shopping centre, placed a trolley in the store, allowing customers to donate food while they shop.

Susanna Caira- Neeson, managing director of Choices Family Support Service, said: “It has been hectic. We have got rid of more than two tonnes of food since November.

“To say we are struggling is an understatement. If we had the food then we could provide a better service.”

Paula Howard, from Asda, added: “Choices sent me a letter about donating something a couple of weeks ago, which is when I decided they needed more than a donation.”

The donation trolley will remain at the store over the next few months.

The not-for-profit organisation also welcomes cash donations.

Ms Caira-Neeson said: “We are in desperate need of help. Not only are we running out of food, we also have to pay the rent and utility costs of the building.

“All our staff are volunteers, none of us get paid. We are looking for funds, in both cash and food.

“The organisation is more than just a food bank, we also want to train young people in City and Guilds programmes and for this we need to maintain the warehouse.

“Every penny goes back into the work.”

For more information on how to make a cash donation, call 01268 201332.

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11:36am Wed 9 Apr 14

Ulcer20439 says...

They could employ foodbank users and let them work their way out of poverty if they were not using workfare slaves. This is just a PR gimmick.
They could employ foodbank users and let them work their way out of poverty if they were not using workfare slaves. This is just a PR gimmick. Ulcer20439
  • Score: 9

12:14pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Happy Chickie says...

"AN Asda supermarket has rushed to help a struggling food bank"

By placing an empty trolley to let people donate. Well ASDA you cheapo's, why not fill the trolley yourself.

Very misleading story Echo - rushing to help a struggling food bank by supplying an empty trolley is not a headline story.

Shame on you ASDA - cheap and tawdry publicity for you.
"AN Asda supermarket has rushed to help a struggling food bank" By placing an empty trolley to let people donate. Well ASDA you cheapo's, why not fill the trolley yourself. Very misleading story Echo - rushing to help a struggling food bank by supplying an empty trolley is not a headline story. Shame on you ASDA - cheap and tawdry publicity for you. Happy Chickie
  • Score: 8

12:16pm Wed 9 Apr 14

railfan235 says...

this is a con the food bank in lain does get paied from basildon brough council they are profiting for this they are not a registered charity that total bullshiiiittt
this is a con the food bank in lain does get paied from basildon brough council they are profiting for this they are not a registered charity that total bullshiiiittt railfan235
  • Score: -3

12:51pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Kim Gandy says...

I find it appalling that we need food banks at all. Years ago they were unheard of.

It's time this government got on top of the situation. Let's stop being the cash cow for the rest of the world and concentrate on our own.

Out of the EU, borders shut, those who shouldn't be here repatriated and do an economic stocktake. There are plenty of people here who need jobs but are at the back of the queue because cheap foreign labour gets in first.

A proper day's work for a proper day's pay is what is needed.

This situation has only arisen because this country now cannot cope with the constant deluge of asylum seekers and health tourists.

We have our own problems and need to sort them first and foremost.

Charity begins at home.
I find it appalling that we need food banks at all. Years ago they were unheard of. It's time this government got on top of the situation. Let's stop being the cash cow for the rest of the world and concentrate on our own. Out of the EU, borders shut, those who shouldn't be here repatriated and do an economic stocktake. There are plenty of people here who need jobs but are at the back of the queue because cheap foreign labour gets in first. A proper day's work for a proper day's pay is what is needed. This situation has only arisen because this country now cannot cope with the constant deluge of asylum seekers and health tourists. We have our own problems and need to sort them first and foremost. Charity begins at home. Kim Gandy
  • Score: 4

1:00pm Wed 9 Apr 14

pembury53 says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
I find it appalling that we need food banks at all. Years ago they were unheard of. It's time this government got on top of the situation. Let's stop being the cash cow for the rest of the world and concentrate on our own. Out of the EU, borders shut, those who shouldn't be here repatriated and do an economic stocktake. There are plenty of people here who need jobs but are at the back of the queue because cheap foreign labour gets in first. A proper day's work for a proper day's pay is what is needed. This situation has only arisen because this country now cannot cope with the constant deluge of asylum seekers and health tourists. We have our own problems and need to sort them first and foremost. Charity begins at home.
in this particular instance, i am with you 100%...
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: I find it appalling that we need food banks at all. Years ago they were unheard of. It's time this government got on top of the situation. Let's stop being the cash cow for the rest of the world and concentrate on our own. Out of the EU, borders shut, those who shouldn't be here repatriated and do an economic stocktake. There are plenty of people here who need jobs but are at the back of the queue because cheap foreign labour gets in first. A proper day's work for a proper day's pay is what is needed. This situation has only arisen because this country now cannot cope with the constant deluge of asylum seekers and health tourists. We have our own problems and need to sort them first and foremost. Charity begins at home.[/p][/quote]in this particular instance, i am with you 100%... pembury53
  • Score: 6

1:11pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Howard Cháse says...

We're all in it together according to the PM. Lots of us are more in it than others
We're all in it together according to the PM. Lots of us are more in it than others Howard Cháse
  • Score: 2

1:12pm Wed 9 Apr 14

pembury53 says...

tight b******s ! why can't they chuck in some grub themselves ? what about about all the "use by" stuff soon to be heading for land fill.....
tight b******s ! why can't they chuck in some grub themselves ? what about about all the "use by" stuff soon to be heading for land fill..... pembury53
  • Score: 7

1:16pm Wed 9 Apr 14

pembury53 says...

Howard Cháse wrote:
We're all in it together according to the PM. Lots of us are more in it than others
how those bullingdon boy's must chuckle into their gin and tonics, when recounting such sound bites....
[quote][p][bold]Howard Cháse[/bold] wrote: We're all in it together according to the PM. Lots of us are more in it than others[/p][/quote]how those bullingdon boy's must chuckle into their gin and tonics, when recounting such sound bites.... pembury53
  • Score: 2

1:35pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Kim Gandy says...

pembury53 wrote:
Kim Gandy wrote:
I find it appalling that we need food banks at all. Years ago they were unheard of. It's time this government got on top of the situation. Let's stop being the cash cow for the rest of the world and concentrate on our own. Out of the EU, borders shut, those who shouldn't be here repatriated and do an economic stocktake. There are plenty of people here who need jobs but are at the back of the queue because cheap foreign labour gets in first. A proper day's work for a proper day's pay is what is needed. This situation has only arisen because this country now cannot cope with the constant deluge of asylum seekers and health tourists. We have our own problems and need to sort them first and foremost. Charity begins at home.
in this particular instance, i am with you 100%...
Wonders never cease!

However, the response I get from people face to face about my postings and letters in the Echo are a whole lot different to some of the abuse I get here. It's baffling because when I read other views, LOTS of them are in line with my own. Strange that.

Fact is - and it is FACT - most people I speak to - and not necessarily in my own social circle or in political circles - agree with my comments. They often express the same views themselves - and they are not all right wingers either. I know others on here agree and they register that sometimes but others agree but daren't show it because of some of the foul mouthed lowlife bullies on here.

One in particular who shows a rather psychotic, nasty hatred of me. But then it's a hysterical female so it's only to be expected. They're the worst. I know who she is actually: she has serious mental and self image issues so should be pitied.

When it all boils down, if all of us were in a room together, those on here who are my loudest critics and who abuse me the most, wouldn't have the guts to face me down so they resort to doing it on here. If you were to meet me in person you might be surprised.

Anyway, the abusers are beneath contempt and quite pitiable.

Truth is, the majority of the time, most people agree with my views and most other views here too that SOME deem to be quite radical - and the down arrow merchants and the abusers are frightened of them. I am not.

There are lots of people here I have views in common with but they don't get the level of abuse. I suspect some people here are Labour group or friends of them and they hate me anyway because I keep exposing their lies and underhand tactics. So I'm actually quite pleased they're that upset.

That's why the lefties around here go on the attack. They think it intimidates me when in fact it strengthens my resolve to speak what other people think - often I have often had people say to my face. "Thanks for putting into words what I think."

As for ASDA, I agree, this story initially looks like ASDA has come to the rescue of food banks. This is patently untrue.

All they have done is stick a trolley somewhere prominent so OTHER PEOPLE can donate. I'd have been a lot more impressed if they'd said that at the end of the day, they'd match the donations product for product.

ASDA are not in a position to do any chest beating. What they are doing isn't special or philanthropic. It's just publicity seeking and on this occasion, the Echo has bowed to it.

I really think that sucks. They shouldn't be given credit for doing this. They are relying on the generosity of other people.
[quote][p][bold]pembury53[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: I find it appalling that we need food banks at all. Years ago they were unheard of. It's time this government got on top of the situation. Let's stop being the cash cow for the rest of the world and concentrate on our own. Out of the EU, borders shut, those who shouldn't be here repatriated and do an economic stocktake. There are plenty of people here who need jobs but are at the back of the queue because cheap foreign labour gets in first. A proper day's work for a proper day's pay is what is needed. This situation has only arisen because this country now cannot cope with the constant deluge of asylum seekers and health tourists. We have our own problems and need to sort them first and foremost. Charity begins at home.[/p][/quote]in this particular instance, i am with you 100%...[/p][/quote]Wonders never cease! However, the response I get from people face to face about my postings and letters in the Echo are a whole lot different to some of the abuse I get here. It's baffling because when I read other views, LOTS of them are in line with my own. Strange that. Fact is - and it is FACT - most people I speak to - and not necessarily in my own social circle or in political circles - agree with my comments. They often express the same views themselves - and they are not all right wingers either. I know others on here agree and they register that sometimes but others agree but daren't show it because of some of the foul mouthed lowlife bullies on here. One in particular who shows a rather psychotic, nasty hatred of me. But then it's a hysterical female so it's only to be expected. They're the worst. I know who she is actually: she has serious mental and self image issues so should be pitied. When it all boils down, if all of us were in a room together, those on here who are my loudest critics and who abuse me the most, wouldn't have the guts to face me down so they resort to doing it on here. If you were to meet me in person you might be surprised. Anyway, the abusers are beneath contempt and quite pitiable. Truth is, the majority of the time, most people agree with my views and most other views here too that SOME deem to be quite radical - and the down arrow merchants and the abusers are frightened of them. I am not. There are lots of people here I have views in common with but they don't get the level of abuse. I suspect some people here are Labour group or friends of them and they hate me anyway because I keep exposing their lies and underhand tactics. So I'm actually quite pleased they're that upset. That's why the lefties around here go on the attack. They think it intimidates me when in fact it strengthens my resolve to speak what other people think - often I have often had people say to my face. "Thanks for putting into words what I think." As for ASDA, I agree, this story initially looks like ASDA has come to the rescue of food banks. This is patently untrue. All they have done is stick a trolley somewhere prominent so OTHER PEOPLE can donate. I'd have been a lot more impressed if they'd said that at the end of the day, they'd match the donations product for product. ASDA are not in a position to do any chest beating. What they are doing isn't special or philanthropic. It's just publicity seeking and on this occasion, the Echo has bowed to it. I really think that sucks. They shouldn't be given credit for doing this. They are relying on the generosity of other people. Kim Gandy
  • Score: 0

2:31pm Wed 9 Apr 14

emcee says...

It is not ASDA who are supporting this cause, it is ASDA's customers.
Not only are ASDA stealing the positive PR from those who are actually donating food, they (ASDA) are looking like greedy cheapskates for not donating the food themselves.
I know ALL of the major supermarkets are in the business to rip off their customers (and a lot of their suppliers/producers/
farmers) but when it comes to stealing all the praise for the goodwill their customers show towards supporting a good cause, they really do start to scrape the bottom of the barrel.

Poor show ASDA, very poor show.
It is not ASDA who are supporting this cause, it is ASDA's customers. Not only are ASDA stealing the positive PR from those who are actually donating food, they (ASDA) are looking like greedy cheapskates for not donating the food themselves. I know ALL of the major supermarkets are in the business to rip off their customers (and a lot of their suppliers/producers/ farmers) but when it comes to stealing all the praise for the goodwill their customers show towards supporting a good cause, they really do start to scrape the bottom of the barrel. Poor show ASDA, very poor show. emcee
  • Score: 10

2:59pm Wed 9 Apr 14

pembury53 says...

i avoid supermarkets as much as possible, there almost as bad as the banks in respect of greed, and probably worse in respect of exploitation...... use your local shops, green grocers, butchers, bakers.... may cost a little more, but the quality is usually in a different league, and without all those tedious checkouts and screaming brats, lured in by the 'strategically placed' sweets........... as a slight caveat to all that, i do nip into waitrose on occaision, but class is priceless.....
i avoid supermarkets as much as possible, there almost as bad as the banks in respect of greed, and probably worse in respect of exploitation...... use your local shops, green grocers, butchers, bakers.... may cost a little more, but the quality is usually in a different league, and without all those tedious checkouts and screaming brats, lured in by the 'strategically placed' sweets........... as a slight caveat to all that, i do nip into waitrose on occaision, but class is priceless..... pembury53
  • Score: -4

11:56pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

emcee wrote:
It is not ASDA who are supporting this cause, it is ASDA's customers.
Not only are ASDA stealing the positive PR from those who are actually donating food, they (ASDA) are looking like greedy cheapskates for not donating the food themselves.
I know ALL of the major supermarkets are in the business to rip off their customers (and a lot of their suppliers/producers/

farmers) but when it comes to stealing all the praise for the goodwill their customers show towards supporting a good cause, they really do start to scrape the bottom of the barrel.

Poor show ASDA, very poor show.
At least they provided the initiative and a trolley, so stop the moans and fill it with good food, not just gnawed at bones...
[quote][p][bold]emcee[/bold] wrote: It is not ASDA who are supporting this cause, it is ASDA's customers. Not only are ASDA stealing the positive PR from those who are actually donating food, they (ASDA) are looking like greedy cheapskates for not donating the food themselves. I know ALL of the major supermarkets are in the business to rip off their customers (and a lot of their suppliers/producers/ farmers) but when it comes to stealing all the praise for the goodwill their customers show towards supporting a good cause, they really do start to scrape the bottom of the barrel. Poor show ASDA, very poor show.[/p][/quote]At least they provided the initiative and a trolley, so stop the moans and fill it with good food, not just gnawed at bones... Nowthatsworthknowing
  • Score: 0

6:33am Thu 10 Apr 14

Happy Chickie says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
pembury53 wrote:
Kim Gandy wrote:
I find it appalling that we need food banks at all. Years ago they were unheard of. It's time this government got on top of the situation. Let's stop being the cash cow for the rest of the world and concentrate on our own. Out of the EU, borders shut, those who shouldn't be here repatriated and do an economic stocktake. There are plenty of people here who need jobs but are at the back of the queue because cheap foreign labour gets in first. A proper day's work for a proper day's pay is what is needed. This situation has only arisen because this country now cannot cope with the constant deluge of asylum seekers and health tourists. We have our own problems and need to sort them first and foremost. Charity begins at home.
in this particular instance, i am with you 100%...
Wonders never cease!

However, the response I get from people face to face about my postings and letters in the Echo are a whole lot different to some of the abuse I get here. It's baffling because when I read other views, LOTS of them are in line with my own. Strange that.

Fact is - and it is FACT - most people I speak to - and not necessarily in my own social circle or in political circles - agree with my comments. They often express the same views themselves - and they are not all right wingers either. I know others on here agree and they register that sometimes but others agree but daren't show it because of some of the foul mouthed lowlife bullies on here.

One in particular who shows a rather psychotic, nasty hatred of me. But then it's a hysterical female so it's only to be expected. They're the worst. I know who she is actually: she has serious mental and self image issues so should be pitied.

When it all boils down, if all of us were in a room together, those on here who are my loudest critics and who abuse me the most, wouldn't have the guts to face me down so they resort to doing it on here. If you were to meet me in person you might be surprised.

Anyway, the abusers are beneath contempt and quite pitiable.

Truth is, the majority of the time, most people agree with my views and most other views here too that SOME deem to be quite radical - and the down arrow merchants and the abusers are frightened of them. I am not.

There are lots of people here I have views in common with but they don't get the level of abuse. I suspect some people here are Labour group or friends of them and they hate me anyway because I keep exposing their lies and underhand tactics. So I'm actually quite pleased they're that upset.

That's why the lefties around here go on the attack. They think it intimidates me when in fact it strengthens my resolve to speak what other people think - often I have often had people say to my face. "Thanks for putting into words what I think."

As for ASDA, I agree, this story initially looks like ASDA has come to the rescue of food banks. This is patently untrue.

All they have done is stick a trolley somewhere prominent so OTHER PEOPLE can donate. I'd have been a lot more impressed if they'd said that at the end of the day, they'd match the donations product for product.

ASDA are not in a position to do any chest beating. What they are doing isn't special or philanthropic. It's just publicity seeking and on this occasion, the Echo has bowed to it.

I really think that sucks. They shouldn't be given credit for doing this. They are relying on the generosity of other people.
"and not necessarily in my own social circle or in political circles"

Cleaning the toilet at the local council does not merit the term political circles Kimbo.

You really are so far up your own bottom you must have trouble breathing.
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pembury53[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: I find it appalling that we need food banks at all. Years ago they were unheard of. It's time this government got on top of the situation. Let's stop being the cash cow for the rest of the world and concentrate on our own. Out of the EU, borders shut, those who shouldn't be here repatriated and do an economic stocktake. There are plenty of people here who need jobs but are at the back of the queue because cheap foreign labour gets in first. A proper day's work for a proper day's pay is what is needed. This situation has only arisen because this country now cannot cope with the constant deluge of asylum seekers and health tourists. We have our own problems and need to sort them first and foremost. Charity begins at home.[/p][/quote]in this particular instance, i am with you 100%...[/p][/quote]Wonders never cease! However, the response I get from people face to face about my postings and letters in the Echo are a whole lot different to some of the abuse I get here. It's baffling because when I read other views, LOTS of them are in line with my own. Strange that. Fact is - and it is FACT - most people I speak to - and not necessarily in my own social circle or in political circles - agree with my comments. They often express the same views themselves - and they are not all right wingers either. I know others on here agree and they register that sometimes but others agree but daren't show it because of some of the foul mouthed lowlife bullies on here. One in particular who shows a rather psychotic, nasty hatred of me. But then it's a hysterical female so it's only to be expected. They're the worst. I know who she is actually: she has serious mental and self image issues so should be pitied. When it all boils down, if all of us were in a room together, those on here who are my loudest critics and who abuse me the most, wouldn't have the guts to face me down so they resort to doing it on here. If you were to meet me in person you might be surprised. Anyway, the abusers are beneath contempt and quite pitiable. Truth is, the majority of the time, most people agree with my views and most other views here too that SOME deem to be quite radical - and the down arrow merchants and the abusers are frightened of them. I am not. There are lots of people here I have views in common with but they don't get the level of abuse. I suspect some people here are Labour group or friends of them and they hate me anyway because I keep exposing their lies and underhand tactics. So I'm actually quite pleased they're that upset. That's why the lefties around here go on the attack. They think it intimidates me when in fact it strengthens my resolve to speak what other people think - often I have often had people say to my face. "Thanks for putting into words what I think." As for ASDA, I agree, this story initially looks like ASDA has come to the rescue of food banks. This is patently untrue. All they have done is stick a trolley somewhere prominent so OTHER PEOPLE can donate. I'd have been a lot more impressed if they'd said that at the end of the day, they'd match the donations product for product. ASDA are not in a position to do any chest beating. What they are doing isn't special or philanthropic. It's just publicity seeking and on this occasion, the Echo has bowed to it. I really think that sucks. They shouldn't be given credit for doing this. They are relying on the generosity of other people.[/p][/quote]"and not necessarily in my own social circle or in political circles" Cleaning the toilet at the local council does not merit the term political circles Kimbo. You really are so far up your own bottom you must have trouble breathing. Happy Chickie
  • Score: 2

10:33am Thu 10 Apr 14

ThisYear says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
I find it appalling that we need food banks at all. Years ago they were unheard of.

It's time this government got on top of the situation. Let's stop being the cash cow for the rest of the world and concentrate on our own.

Out of the EU, borders shut, those who shouldn't be here repatriated and do an economic stocktake. There are plenty of people here who need jobs but are at the back of the queue because cheap foreign labour gets in first.

A proper day's work for a proper day's pay is what is needed.

This situation has only arisen because this country now cannot cope with the constant deluge of asylum seekers and health tourists.

We have our own problems and need to sort them first and foremost.

Charity begins at home.
Kim you are advocating dealing with the results of the malay and not the malay itself...clue...its has nothing to do with 'Johnny foreigners'
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: I find it appalling that we need food banks at all. Years ago they were unheard of. It's time this government got on top of the situation. Let's stop being the cash cow for the rest of the world and concentrate on our own. Out of the EU, borders shut, those who shouldn't be here repatriated and do an economic stocktake. There are plenty of people here who need jobs but are at the back of the queue because cheap foreign labour gets in first. A proper day's work for a proper day's pay is what is needed. This situation has only arisen because this country now cannot cope with the constant deluge of asylum seekers and health tourists. We have our own problems and need to sort them first and foremost. Charity begins at home.[/p][/quote]Kim you are advocating dealing with the results of the malay and not the malay itself...clue...its has nothing to do with 'Johnny foreigners' ThisYear
  • Score: 0

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