Slough Manager, interviewed on BBC News channel about Food poverty

27th October 2020

Slough Foodbank Manager, Sue Sibany-King was interviewed on the BBC News channel today.

Watch the interview here.


The key points from her interview included:

  • 42% increase in number of people helpedĀ  versus last year – Slough Foodbank is on track to provide over 6,000 food parcels this year
  • When families are struggling they come to Foodbanks for help – the stopping of free School meals will mean more children need help
  • The Foodbanks are there to support families in crisis – it is not a long-term solution, we need to see the government put a long-term solution in place
  • This is not new issue, Slough Foodbank has been here for 10 years – charity is not a replacement for a long-term solution but a sticking plaster
  • We must make sure the most vulnerable in our society get what they need – food and water, shelter and security. As the 6th richest country we should be providing for those who are in poverty. The government needs to redistribute the wealth so that everyone gets their fare share
  • Slough residents and businesses have been generous with donations, so we have the food to help people in crisis but we should not be doing what the welfare state is set-up to do
  • The impact of job losses at Heathrow and elsewhere because of the Covid-19 pandemic has had an impact on the families of Slough
  • Benefits caps are hitting larger families even more so


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