The public response seems to be that it is great to see the ‘Big Society’ helping out and setting up the food banks. The reality for many people affected, though, is decreased control and choice in their lives.
I have an eating disorder. With my own choice of when and what I eat, I can manage this disorder.
I am not yet dependent on food banks, but it would greatly heighten my problems with food and my general ability to cope with day-to-day life.
I also suffer from Social Anxiety, and the shame about using a food bank, as well as the difficulty in having to interact with people, would again make my day-to-day life more difficult.
Living with mental health conditions is already very hard and often very dispiriting. Anything that makes this more difficult will lead to more misery, despair, homelessness and suicide.
We received this post from a supporter of Church Action on Poverty who wishes to remain anonymous.