Isle of Wight FoodBank

The Isle of Wight Foodbank started back in April, 2011 on the Island.

Their goal? – To provide packages of three days worth of food to families who find themselves in a difficult financial position. It doesn’t stop there, the volunteers also provide support to the people who come to pick up the food.

IW Foodbank logoSince starting, it’s grown in many directions, in terms of events that it runs; the number of supermarket collections that they’ve made; they’ve raised money from employees of local businesses; and most importantly, the growing number of people they’re needing to feed.

If you want to get an overview of how it came about on the Isle of Wight and why it’s needed, have a listen to the OnTheWight podcast with Hannah, the founder of the Island group.

Ordinary people left to suffer whilst MPs argue, pontificate and scheme, say Vix

vix lowthion and brexit bus

Vix Lowthion says that whilst Theresa May’s government has completely lost all ability to govern, ordinary people continue to suffer the unfairness and inequality, instability and disruption.

Thursday, 13th December, 2018 8:09am

By Vix Lowthion with 7 readers' comments

Islanders join call for end to Universal Credit

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Islanders came together to take part in a national Day of Action calling for Universal Credit to the stopped and scrapped.

Monday, 3rd December, 2018 7:52am

By Sharon McNamara

Pop-up Xmas Presence calls for Universal Credit to be scrapped

Poverty graffiti

This Saturday in Newport, the Pop-Up Xmas Presence is part of a UK-wide National Day of Action calling for Universal Credit to be stopped and scrapped. Find out more between 12-2pm.

Thursday, 29th November, 2018 1:40pm

By Sharon McNamara with one comment

Isle of Wight foodbank gave 2,050 emergency food supplies in just six months

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Isle of Wight foodbank are very concerned that in only six months they've provided 2,050 emergency supplies to local people. Due to Universal Credit and as the colder weather draws in, more people will be needing their help.

Monday, 19th November, 2018 4:17pm

By Hannah Hood with one comment

Hundreds of foodbank parcels given to Isle of Wight children in last six months

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In just the last six months, hundreds of emergency parcels from the Isle of Wight foodbank have been given children on the Island and over a thousand to adults, figures show.

Monday, 12th November, 2018 12:53pm

By Ralph Blackburn with one comment

Heartfelt plea to stand with others against Isle of Wight budget cuts

Collection of No Cuts banners

Colleen is asking Islanders to stand together on Saturday to protest against the proposed £5.5m of cuts to be made by the Isle of Wight council. She explains why she believes it's important for Islanders to come together over these plans.

Wednesday, 7th November, 2018 9:55am

By Colleen Brannon

Stock up on winter warmers at Isle of Wight Foodbank clothes sale

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They have some fabulous pre-loved winter coats, boots and warm jumpers. As well as snatching up a bargain, enjoy a hot cuppa with a slice of homemade cake.

Monday, 29th October, 2018 10:29am

By Sally Perry

Wight Computers installs new ‘holiday voucher scheme’ for Foodbank

Wight Computers- Foodbank Hannah King

Wight Computers have donated their time and expertise to helping Isle of Wight Foodbank once again. This time with a new ‘holiday voucher scheme’.

Tuesday, 16th October, 2018 8:25am

By Dee Becker with one comment

Isle of Wight voluntary groups honoured with Queen’s Awards

Discussing donations:

Volunteers "beavering away at grassroots level are the active lifeblood of our communities", says The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service Independent Committee chair, former broadcast journalist Sir Martyn Lewis.

Monday, 4th June, 2018 2:42pm

By IW Council Press Office

Isle of Wight Universal Credit rollout brought forward by three months (update 4)

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The MP had advised last year that Universal Credit rollout was pushed back to September, but it has come to light that it's now taking place from 6th June. OnTheWight seeks to find out why it has been brought forward.

Friday, 1st June, 2018 11:59am

By Sally Perry with 6 readers' comments

‘No one should need Foodbank’s help’ says Isle of Wight Manager as numbers of those in crisis rise

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With more families seeking help, Isle of Wight Foodbank say the increase is due to people struggling with benefit payments issues; insecure work; debt; homelessness and low income.

Tuesday, 24th April, 2018 7:26am

By Hannah Hood with one comment

Help struggling Isle of Wight Mums know that people care this Mother’s Day

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No mum should feel they have let their children down because of something outside their control, like illness or a delayed benefit payment, has thrown the family into crisis. Whatever you are able to give this Mother’s Day will help local mums - who are struggling - to know that there are people who care.

Wednesday, 7th March, 2018 10:14am

By Hannah Hood with one comment