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Commissioner joins volunteers at Darlington food bank


Ron Hogg At Food Bank

Commissioner joins volunteers at Darlington food bank

Durham Police and Crime Commissioner Ron Hogg will hear first-hand about the importance of food banks when he visits the King’s Church on Friday.

Mr Hogg will join a line of volunteers as they prepare handouts for the weekend.

The Food Store at Kings Church, Whessoe Road, started over two years ago and provides vital supplies for anyone who finds themselves in an emergency situation.

Mr Hogg has raised concerns about the changes in benefits which have impacted on the increased levels of poverty in the town. Recent figures show a rise in retail crime across the country with national supermarkets taking drastic action by tagging joints of meat.

He is looking into alternative means of engaging with first-time offenders, including helping them to deal with the financial difficulties that are driving them to crime. He also stated that loan sharks and payday lenders were partly to blame for an increase in food theft and said people were committing these offences “simply to live.”

“Austerity cuts have been hitting families hard and people resort to all sorts of means to make ends meet. But we have to look at the bigger picture. We will look at what their personal circumstances are, so that the right level of support can be offered to prevent reoffending and seek to put them on the right path.”

“The Food Store provides a remarkable service to the community. It cannot be right that so many families in a town like Darlington are relying on this just to feed their family,” he said.

Media invite - Mr Hogg will be at King’s Church, Whessoe Road at Friday at 1pm.

More information about The Food Store can be found on their website: http://www.kingschurchdarlington.org/food-store/ 

Information about King's Church can be found on: http://www.kingschurchdarlington.org/

Posted on Wednesday 8th October 2014
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