Food Banks in the News (again)

Thought we’d share a few links to stories relating to food banks. We’ll be posting a lot more of these I fear…

 

Manchester Evening News reports how food banks are not the answer to food poverty.

The Guardian report on the return of rickets to the UK as poor families can’t afford fresh fruit and veg.

Luciana Berger in The Independent slams Michael Gove for his ignorant comments on why people use food banks.

“an entire generation is being destroyed by a diet of junk food and sugary drinks” This report on the BBC website.

A stencil for Streetlife

After a few visits and getting to know the good people of Streetlife, we were asked if we’d like to help out with their mural project. Something, it was felt by staff, was needed to make the area by the Centre’s bins a bit nicer!

Not that the outside of the place is particularly grotty anyway, its been recently turned into quite a nice garden. But everyone feels that it needs something of a statement, an artwork.

Graffiti is the order of the day (very popular is street art in Blackpool) and although it’s not exactly why we’re here, we have the skills and are willing to give it a shot. Anyway, here is the design for our bread stencil.

Our stencil for the Streetlife centre - got a bit of a thing about Hovis at the moment!

Our stencil for the Streetlife centre – got a bit of a thing about Hovis at the moment!

 

Welcome To The Base

A recent engagement exercise (not carried out by Engine we hasten to add!) asked the people who use Blackpool’s Streetlife Centre – The Base, what was important to them about the drop in centre that helps young people at risk in the city. They drew this doodle. When we saw it we were really struck by the central image – outstretched arms offering bread and water. Sometimes it feels like nothing has changed in centuries, even in supposedly developed wealthy countries like England. People who have nothing and need help never ask for much. When they have to seek charity, what they need is things that are a basic human right: shelter, the company of others, bread and water.

this is what users of Blackpool's Streetlife Base drew about the centre, what was important to them: bread and water.

this is what users of Blackpool’s Streetlife Base drew about the centre, what was important to them: bread and water.