A lot of people I've come across who were turned away didn't realise not all food banks have this rule.
I now know of two that'll accept health care cards and another two that welcome anyone who has need, no questions asked (much like your one).
Lots of people don't have access to the Internet. Lots of people don't have access to a library, or don't feel welcome there because they have fines or are intimidated by it.
Another example- I know a mum who adores her daughters. When she is well, she does everything for them. She does come into the library and uses the Internet to look for free activities for them to do, borrows DVDs and books for them, I saw her the other day and she was off to the market to get her eldest DD avocados because she has decided that she would like cheese and avocado sandwiches for lunch. When she is unwell (depression I'd imagine) she can barely function. She doesn't shower, she comes into the library and goes on FB while her youngest DD roams around on the street outside. Im sure during these periods her kids dont always get fed. She is well known to DoCs. She has no support, none. she is a single mum with no family here. Her kids have been in care, she has done parenting courses, she is sometimes on meds, sometimes not, again for a range of complicated reasons. These things are far more complicated than 'just borrow some books', and it's not always due to laziness or selfishness.
Country/outback living can have a huge impact, too. Where I used to teach there was one general store that got a shipment of fresh food in once a week. I'm talking like three loaves of bread ($8 each) and a tiny bit of fruit or veg. The nearest supermarket was 90 minutes drive away. We used to have kids skip school on C'link payday to go with their parents or nannas/poppas for the drive to the supermarket to remind them to buy food, not just grog. I'm talking about 5 and 6 year olds here. At my last school, there was a family of six kids that regularly came to school without food. I still remember the week they all turned up with new iPods and the teachers fed them with food we brought in from home.
Yes, it's frustrating, and it seems neglectful, but I think it can be far more complex then those of us who are more privileged can understand. So many factors can contribute - some are flat out bad parenting, some are flat out bad circumstances and there's every degree in between.
If You can go on Facebook,you can go google some cheap,easy meals to feed your kids IMO
I don't think it's a valid excuse. Social support in Australia is sufficient where sending a kid to school without breakfast or lunch isn't necessary. If someone doesn't know how to tap into those services to feed their kids then perhaps they don't have the life skills needed to raise a kid.
- in reality I agree with PP's who have suggested other factors are at play. Parents lack of financial management skills, lack of planning, lack of time, lack of supervision, being lazy or (in my words) just being really $hithouse parents. None of which are any excuse for sending your kids to school without breakfast or lunch.
Just wanted to add. Not every town has a food bank.
Not all kids will eat infront of other kids. Not having food at school doesn't mean they don't eat. Food related problems in children are on the rise.
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With rent being such a massive chunk of people's income, providing food for every meal can be difficult for some.
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