RUMOURS that children will be taken away from their parents if their families request an emergency food parcel are being quashed by Uttoxeter’s Salvation Army.
The East Staffordshire branch of the organisation revealed some families were going without food because they were concerned their children will be taken away if they requested a food parcel.
The news comes as the branch revealed its latest food parcel figures adding demand has now started to stabilise at between 80 and 100 requests a month.
In May 2014, there were 20 food parcels supplied in Uttoxeter, serving 26 adults and 18 children, and in the same month last year the figure was just six. It means the total number of parcels supplied this year equals 88 parcels, serving 110 adults and 83 children, compared to 44 in 2013.
Vic Wileman, a member of Uttoxeter’s Salvation Army, said “It is felt that demand for help has begun to stabilise at between 80 and 100 requests a month.
“The holistic approach we undertake with our partners ensures we don’t only put food in the mouths of those in need, but we also address the issue(s) that have caused this situation. It is important we jointly work with the clients to sort out the underlying problems, requiring support from each partner during this period.
”The clients we see are always in desperate circumstances, often we hear them say: ‘We thought it was only for people on benefits’. Or more recently, which we find more worrying: ‘we don’t like to ask for a food parcel, in case our children are taken away’. This concerns us as children are going hungry when help is there.”
Anyone wishing to donate food or cash can call Major Jane Morris on 01283 563627 or Vic Wileman on 01889 564117.