Published: 13:00, 24 April 2014 |
Updated: 14:54, 24 April 2014
The man in charge of Medway’s food banks has urged people not to be put off by a national newspaper article which claimed scroungers take advantage.
Ian Childs, project manager at Medway Foodbank, said there are a “handful” of people who abuse the service but the majority of people who turn to them are in desperate need of help.
Food banks provide emergency food parcels to people in need who are referred to their local branch by social services, a doctor or other professionals.
But the Mail on Sunday claimed food banks were beset by “scroungers” who ignore the limit on how many food parcels they can receive, while some people were given them without any checks of their claims of being unable to afford it. A reporter posed as an unemployed father-of-two to obtain food.
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